Franklin Up for a MiLBY

A week after Clinton right-hander Erasmo Ramirez was nominated for a MiLBY for top Class A pitcher, LumberKings’ shortstop Nick Franklin now finds himself nominated for the Top Hitter award for all of Class A.

Franklin is up against fellow Midwest League post-season All-Star Mike Trout of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, Trout’s Kernel teammate Jean Segura, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers slugger Khris Davis and both Jared Clark (Asheville) and J.D. Martinez (Lexington) of the South Atlantic League.

Nick is leading the early vote at 52%.  Vote early and often for Franklin at this link: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/awards/y2010/hitter.jsp

While you’re checking off Franklin, make sure to show some love for fellow Mariners’ prospects Kevin Rivers (Everett) in the short-season vote and pick either Johermyn Chavez or Rich Poythress (both from High Desert) in the high-A vote.

For the record, Ramirez finished fourth amongst the six nominees for top pitcher with 10% of the vote.  Matt Magill of the Great Lakes Loons won with 57% of the vote despite going just 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA.  I guess the 135 strikeouts was a bigger deal than Ramirez’s 10-4 record and 2.97 ERA.  I disagree.

Following the MLB Division Series, I’ll do an update on former LumberKings in the playoffs.  Turns out I missed one.  Stay tuned for that posting later this week.

-DL

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