Nick Franklin One Game Scouting Report

Jeff Sullivan · May 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Player
Nick Franklin (Nicholas Edward)

Position
4

Height
“6’1″

Weight
“195″

Team
Seattle Mariners

Bats
L

Throws
R

First-impression suggested nickname(s)
Li’l, Hercules Godsmash

Date scouted
5/30/2013

Swing
Quiet, from the left side. Quick, with quick wrists; little movement. Surprising pop. Simple swing allows him to wait longer to commit, which should aid both walks and batting average. Capable of turning on an inside pitch and driving it to right or up the middle. Swings as if he has a limit — no swings wasted. Good coverage, can go out of the zone if necessary. Plenty of contact. Makes the ball carry deeper than it looks like it ought to. Most batted balls turn into home runs. Good hand control leads to frequent barreling-up.

Baserunning
Rather joggy

Speed
Didn’t notice, probably fine

Defense
Batted balls don’t get by him if they’re within his range. Good to his right, good to his left, good straight on. A capable turner of double plays; doesn’t stop and watch shortstop partner, no matter how spectacular. Will underhand to first base even if runner’s approaching, implying confidence. Confidence backed by performance.

Weaknesses
Said to switch-hit but didn’t switch-hit — is a liar. Looks funny in a big helmet.

Overall
Likely superstar, probable Hall-of-Famer. “Dustin who?” Lying is a concern, but might also convey confidence, and it’s hard to overlook all of the home runs. Player is a constant dinger threat and can hit the ball out of any ballpark. Doesn’t make defensive mistakes. Mostly hits homers. Could/should be part of dangerous offensive core with Brendan Ryan, Endy Chavez. Shot to be greatest second baseman in baseball history. Shot to be greatest player.

Comp
Prime Jeff Kent, on the moon

Comments

18 Responses to “Nick Franklin One Game Scouting Report”

  1. MrZDevotee on May 30th, 2013 7:10 pm

    My two favorite bits:

    “Most batted balls turn into home runs”

    “Rather joggy” (running style)

  2. PouxBear on May 30th, 2013 7:12 pm

    …”Mostly hits homers. Could/should be part of dangerous offensive core with Brendan Ryan, Endy Chavez.”

    Bravo, Jeff, bravo (slow clap)

  3. 11records on May 30th, 2013 7:40 pm

    The Great Gazoo!

    This is brilliant.

    Also – Your writing has a different tone on the few and far between days when watching the Mariners actually makes you happy.

  4. stevemotivateir on May 30th, 2013 7:42 pm

    Left out the part where all of this is wasted because sabermetrics gets into his head and screws everything up.

    But yeah, otherwise…

  5. EastsideSteve on May 30th, 2013 7:55 pm

    Very funny. Makes the season more enjoyable. Thanks for the report.

  6. The_Waco_Kid on May 30th, 2013 8:19 pm

    “doesn’t stop and watch shortstop partner, no matter how spectacular”

    That’s why I couldn’t play 2B for the Mariners. Also, I run like Montero.

  7. SeattleSlew on May 30th, 2013 8:54 pm

    If he ends up half of Jeff Kent, that would still be considered a successful career.

  8. juneau_fan on May 30th, 2013 9:39 pm

    And he’s funny-looking. That’s got to be worth something. The Wolverine facial hair, the HUGE hunk o’ chaw, the weirdly huge helmet, the tiny body…He’s like a cartoon. Only one which makes us laugh with delight, not moan with despair.

  9. sotteson on May 30th, 2013 10:53 pm

    I love this post. Anything that can make a suffering M’s fan laugh is great, so thanks. I guess winning will always put us in a good mood, right?

  10. B13a on May 30th, 2013 11:45 pm

    These are the types of Jeff Sullivan posts that I’ve been missing this whole season.

  11. scraps on May 31st, 2013 1:15 am

    “Lying is a concern”, my half-assed butt. Spoken like a old-fashioned scout with peaches in his ears. Every sabremetric hoohah knows that lying is good for you, and twice on Sundays.

  12. Rboyle0628 on May 31st, 2013 3:34 am

    The final comp had me dying. Jeff Kent, on the moon! Lol

  13. dnc on May 31st, 2013 6:13 am

    Brilliant. My favorite line that no one has mentioned yet was “Most batted balls turn into home runs.”

  14. maqman on May 31st, 2013 6:50 am

    The kid’s already got a big head from the look of his helmet. He has to be concussion proof.

  15. Shizane on May 31st, 2013 8:04 am

    This is amazing.

  16. greentunic on May 31st, 2013 9:06 am

    If anyone has played Mass Effect, re-read the post with Mordin’s voice in your head, and it’s even more awesomer.

  17. Ichirolling51 on May 31st, 2013 9:14 am

    Is it too early to come up with a nickname for Franklin? ‘Lil Hercules Godsmash is nice, but I think ‘The Flea’ fits him the best. He kins of looks like a flea.

  18. opiate82 on May 31st, 2013 10:45 am

    I lol’d.

    Glad you are around here to add some levity to this blog and season Jeff.

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