Prospect Performance of the Year (to-date)
Jay will have more shortly over at Mariner Minors I’m sure, but I thought it was worth pointing out that near-unanimously unpopular 1st round draft pick Nick Franklin turned in the best offensive performance in recent Ms prospect history tonight. The 19-year-old went 4-4 for the Clinton Lumber Kings, with a double, a triple, and two home runs.
Single games in the minors don’t mean anything, but teenagers who can hit for power in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League are a rare commodity. Teenagers who can do so and play a competent shortstop are rarer still. If Franklin proves over the next few months that he has more power in him than scouts believed on draft day, we may have something special on our hands.