AFL Scouting Report: Nick Franklin

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and clubs don't stop scouting players once they enter the pros. As part of our Arizona Fall League coverage here at, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on prospects from around the league. Here's a look at Mariners' prospect, Nick Franklin.

Name: Nick Franklin
Position: Shortstop
Team: Seattle Mariners
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 170
Bats/Throws: S/R

Events Scouted: Arizona Fall League

Scouting Report

Certain players look like they were made to play the game. Franklin is one of those players. While his physical skills are impressive, his feel for the game stands out significantly compared to more crude young players. Franklin has a wiry, athletic frame and looks to be the type of athlete who could thrive anywhere on the field. But, he clearly has the tools to be an everyday big league shortstop. He shows enough pure arm strength to make the plays deep in the hole and his range grades out as plus as well.

Franklin has struggled in AFL action, but it does not take away from the hitter he figures to be in the big leagues. He looked more comfortable from the right side in the fall league, showing off impressive pull power. But, his swing looks just as compact and effortless from the left side. In time, he looks like he'll be an impressive gap hitter from each side, with potential 15-20 home run pop.

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