Mariners call up prospect Nick Franklin, demote Dustin Ackley
The Mariners are calling up touted prospect Nick Franklin. Struggling former top prospect Dustin Ackley was demoted to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Franklin.
Middle infielder Nick Franklin has been promoted to the majors, report multiple Seattle outlets (including seattletimes.com). He's not in the lineup on Monday but will reportedly be available off the bench.
Franklin, a 22-year-old switch hitter, was batting .324/.440/.472 with nine doubles, four homers, 20 RBI, 28 runs and seven stolen bases for Triple-A Tacoma. He now has 103 games in Triple-A after 79 in Double-A, so he should have enough seasoning to be ready for the bigs. He was drafted in the first round (27th overall) out of high school in 2009 by the Mariners and entered the season ranked as the 79th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. He can play second base or shortstop.
The Mariners demoted Dustin Ackley to Triple-A to create room on the roster for Franklin. The 25-year-old second baseman is hitting a paltry .205/.266/.250 this season and is 0-for-his-last-19. The Mariners recently showed they didn't mind sending down a former hot prospect, as Jesus Montero was demoted this past week, so this shouldn't come as a shock.
Still, it's very newsworthy that Ackley has been sent down. He was the second overall draft pick in 2009 and entered the majors in 2011 with significant hype. He ended up making good on that, hitting .273/.348/.417 with 16 doubles, seven triples, six homers and six steals in 90 games, good enough to get him sixth place in AL Rookie of the Year voting, despite playing slightly more than a half season. But he hit just .226/.294/.328 last season and again appears to be regressing this year.