Thursday, February 27, 2014
Mets News: Mets to Scout Nick Franklin at Shortstop this Spring
The Mets will scout Nick Franklin throughout Spring Training and pay special attention to his defense, a team source tells John Harper of the Daily News (Twitter link).
The club likes Franklin's pop but isn't sure about his glove at short, the source said. Reports earlier this week connected the Mets to Franklin.
Franklin, who's still just 22 years of age, batted .225/.303/.382 (96 OPS+) in 412 plate appearances for the Mariners last season. He entered 2013 ranked as the 79th-best overall prospect by Baseball America and 47th-best overall prospect by MLB.com. Last season, Franklin spent almost all of his defensive innings at second base, but he was a primary shortstop coming up through the minors and has the glove to stick there.