Thursday night in Las Vegas, the 51s begin a four-game series with Tacoma – the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Rafael Montero will be on the hill for the 51s, and standing in against him for Tacoma will be the recently demoted Nick Franklin.
Franklin, a 23-year-old shortstop/second baseman who the Mets scouted during spring training, had a quick cup of coffee with the Mariners before being optioned back to Triple-A (where he was hitting close to .400) on Wednesday.
During his brief call-up, Seattle tested Franklin in the outfield – a spot where he has little experience and where his value is wasted. Instead of continuing to expose Franklin to the outfield, Seattle opted to send him back to Triple-A.
While Ruben Tejada has made a few nice plays in the field lately – the highlight being his 180 spin and throw to nail the tying run at home plate in the ninth inning on Wednesday – he’s been poor at the plate in 2014.
So far, Tejada has a triple slash of .193/.303/.211.
Tejada’s line drive percentage is 37.5 % (almost double what it was in 2014), but he’s undoing the good from his unsustainable line drive rate by striking out in 25.4 % of his at bats.
While it’s highly unlikely that Ruben Tejada is the answer at shortstop for the Mets going forward, it’s possible that Nick Franklin may be.
With the Mets loaded with starting pitching and the Mariners in need, a trade could still materialize – if the Mets feel that Franklin can handle shortstop adequately.