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Originally published Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

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Mariners prospect watch, ex-Mariner of the week


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Prospect watch

Nick Franklin

Infielder, Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers

Selected in the first round (27th pick overall) in the 2009 amateur draft out of Lake Brantley High School in Orlando, Fla.

Franklin is still a prospect even with 102 games of major-league experience. The switch-hitting infielder is tearing up the Pacific Coast League. Coming into the weekend, he’s hitting a PCL leading .379 (39-for-103) in 28 games. Franklin has a seven homers and 25 RBI and has drawn 20 walks for a .476 on-base percentage to go with a .650 slugging percentage. These are video-game type of stats that might have better had Franklin not had a two-week stint with the Mariners. With Brad Miller struggling, it could be only a matter of time before Franklin forces his way back into the big leagues.

Ex-Mariner of the week

Erik Bedard

Starting pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays

Bedard became a Mariner in one of the most regrettable trades in franchise history. In 2008, then general manager Bill Bavasi traded his top prospect Adam Jones and along with pitching prospect Chris Tillman and three other players to the Orioles for Bedard. Bedard is now on his fourth team since being traded away from the Mariners. He may no longer have “ace-level” stuff, but he’s still pitching and getting outs. Bedard signed a minor-league deal with the Rays and injuries have allowed him to earn a spot in the rotation. In six starts and one relief appearance, Bedard has a 2-1 record with a 2.78 ERA. In 321 / 3 innings pitched, he’s struck out 22 batters.



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