Nick Franklin, Utility Player
Date of Birth: 3/2/1991
Birthplace: Sanford, Florida
Nick Franklin, utility player, was first drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2009. He played in the Mariners' minor league system from 2009 through 2012.
Franklin joined the Mariners in 2013, playing in 102 games with them. He batted .225 with 83 hits, 20 doubles, 12 home runs, and 45 RBIs. Defensively, as a second baseman in 96 games, he made 326 assists, 64 double plays, 139 putouts, and 12 errors.
On July 31, 2014, Franklin was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. He spent most of the 2014 season in the minor leagues, playing in just 17 games with the Mariners and 11 games with the Rays.
Franklin played in 44 games with the Rays in 2015 and he batted .158 with 16 hits. Defensively, he played 10 games at first base, 17 games at second base, and 11 games at shortstop. He pitched in one game.
In 2016, Franklin batted .270 in 60 games with the Rays. Defensively, he played 9 games at first base, 8 games at second base, 5 games at shortstop, 18 games in left field, and 7 games in right field.
The Rays designated Franklin for assignment on April 1, 2017. He was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers on April 5th. They traded him to the Los Angeles Angels on June 30th. He was designated for assignment by the Angels on July 29th. He finished the 2017 season with a .179 batting average in 53 games with the Brewers and 13 games with the Angels.
Franklin became a free agent on November 6, 2017.