Seattle Mariners: Mariners’ second-round pick could be the next great pitcher

Written by Mike Vogel and Ryan HalleranSeattle Mariners first baseman Nick Franklin was one of the most valuable players in the National League during his time with the Seattle Mariners.

The 28-year-old was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 2015 after posting a .922 fielding percentage in nearly 1,500 plate appearances.

The Mariners acquired Franklin from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the trade that sent Chris Sale to the Chicago Cubs.

The move came after Franklin finished the year as the NL’s leading hitter with a .299 batting average.

He’s played a key role in the Mariners offense since signing a three-year, $18 million contract in July 2018.

Franklin is batting .294 (83-for-267) with a home run and 21 RBIs over his last 14 games.