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Franklin Makes Jump to West Tenn

All-Star shortstop Nick Franklin called to double-A Diamond Jaxx


The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the promotion of shortstop Nick Franklin to double-A West Tennessee. 


The 19-year-old Franklin turned heads across the Midwest in 2010, hitting .281 with 22 doubles, seven triples, 23 home runs, 65 RBI and 25 steals in 129 games.  In his final game with the LumberKings yesterday in Burlington, Franklin lifted his 23rd homer to take the league lead and break Clinton’s 49-year-old franchise record for single-season clouts (22, hit by Dick Kenworthy of the 1961 Clinton C-Sox).


Seattle’s first-round pick (27th overall) out of Lake Brantley High School (FL), Franklin was both a Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star in Fort Wayne, IN this year and a Post-Season All-Star.  The 16 managers of the league voted him as the top shortstop.  Franklin leaves the league amidst leaders in total bases (3rd with 249), runs scored (T-4th with 88), at-bats per HR ratio (4th with a HR per 22.30 at-bats), slugging percentage (9th at .485) and OPS (10th at .837).


No counter move has been made to replace Franklin.  The active Clinton roster stands at 24 players.


The LumberKings open the 2010 Midwest League West Division Quarterfinals at home against Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 8 at 6:30 PM.  For tickets and more information, call 563-242-0727 or visit the LumberKings’ main office at Alliant Energy Field.


Revisit my interviews with Nick during this 2010 season:



King Clinch, Franklin Belts #23

And all is right in LumberKing-land.  Despite their third-straight loss (6-4 at the hands of Burlington today), the LumberKings are back in the Midwest League Playoffs as the West Division Wild Card.  Clinton’s date with Cedar Rapids in the West Division Quarterfinals was secured today not by a Kings’ victory, but rather a 13-5 win by the Kernels that eliminated any chance for Beloit to catch up.

Unlike the previous night, there was actually bright spots to talk about in the loss for the Kings.  The brightest was Nick Franklin, whose wall-scraping opposite-field homer to left put Clinton ahead 1-0 in the first inning.  That blast was Franklin’s league-leading 23rd of the year and also puts him in a category by himself as Clinton’s best single-season home run hitter.  He had tied former C-Sox second-baseman Dick Kenworthy’s 49-year-old record on the last homestand and now holds the spot all to himself.

Listen Here: 
Franklin 23rd HR (Franchise Record) 9.5.10.mp3

You can hear by the tone of my voice how surprising a home run it was.  It barely got out over the short wall in left.

Unfortunately, that home run would not be enough to get right-hander Erasmo Ramirez and the LumberKings a win.  Burlington spoiled a 4-3 lead on Whit Merrifield’s seventh-inning two-run homer and ran away with the 6-4 victory.  Clinton finishes up the regular season in Burlington tomorrow at 2:00 PM (starting pitcher now TBA) before returning home for an off-day on Tuesday and then gearing up for game one against the Kernels on Wednesday night.

You can begin ordering your playoff tickets starting Tuesday at 10:00 AM by calling the LumberKings at 563-242-0727.  I’ve already got my seat picked out in the home broadcast booth.  Hope to see you there.


Odds and Ends for 8/27

The LumberKings split a doubleheader with Quad Cities last night, losing 5-4 in 10 innings in game one before rebounding for a 6-3 win in game two.  All 10 runs they scored in the game came in two innings, the fourth (game one) and the second (game two).

  • Vinnie Catricala went a combined 2-for-5 in the two games, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.  That’s the longest streak by a LumberKing since Luis Nunez’s 17-game streak last year.  Every long streak needs a bit of luck, and Vinnie received some in game two.  Nick Franklin and Mickey Wiswall each singled with two outs to extend the seventh, and Catricala legged out a bounding baseball up the third-base line for an infield single.
  • Speaking of streaks, Wiswall saw his nine-game streak snapped, while Matt Cerione saw his eight-game streak end as well.  Cerione’s still hitting .411 (23-for-56) in the month of August.
  • Left-hander Jason Markovitz tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in game two, making his first career start in a spot role.  Aside from two walks in his final frame, he looked fairly impressive with a well-controlled fastball and a sharp curveball.
  • Yes, Clinton had their chances to win game one.  Henry Contreras popped up a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and Gabriel Noriega grounded out to end the game with the tying and game-winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the 10th.  It’s a tough way for those chances to end, but you can’t blame either one for being aggressive at the plate.  You don’t want to see Contreras watch strike three in his situation, and you don’t want to see Noriega take good pitches either the way he’s been stinging the ball lately.
  • Outfielder Daniel Carroll was activated from the disabled list today and shipped up to high-A High Desert.  Seattle’s third-round pick in 2007, Carroll last played with the Mavs in 2008.  Here’s hoping he finishes the season strong and stays above the Midwest League.
  • Franklin remains just one homer shy of the single-season franchise record.  Maybe tonight’s the night to tie Dick Kenworthy.  As for the team, the Kings lead the league with 124 team home runs, surpassing (what we think is) the franchise record of 115, set by the 2008 LumberKings.
  • Erasmo Ramirez lowered his ERA to 2.70 yesterday, second in the Midwest League.  He’s closing in on Kane County lefty Ian Krol (2.65) for the ERA title and would be Clinton’s second-straight ERA champ (Kenn Kasparek, 2.41 ERA last year).
  • With 12 games remaining, the Kings remain ahead of Kane County by 2.0 games for the top playoff spot in the West.  Following tonight’s game, they finish the season with five games in Peoria, three at home against Beloit and three on the road at Burlington.

All those notes and more in tonight’s Game Notes: 
8.27.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Yoervis Medina (4-0, 2.74) makes his fifth start for the LumberKings as they wrap-up a four-game series against the Bandits.  First pitch is at 6:30 PM, listen online at


Franklin Highlighted on MWL Notebook Again

Nick Franklin is again the feature of this week’s MWL Notebook, penned by Curt Rallo.  Amongst topics covered is Franklin’s pursuit of Clinton’s 49-year-old single-season home run record.  Nick hit his 21st blast of the night and is now just one shy of tying Dick Kenworthy (22 HR for the 1961 Clinton C-Sox) for the top spot.

Check out the article here: