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Nick Franklin (Photo: Steve Franklin)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Nick Franklin
Position:Shortstop
School:Lake Brantley HS (Fla.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:3/2/91
Height:6'1"
Weight:180 lbs.
Bats:Both
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):3/4/09
Game(s):Lake Mary HS


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting ability:Franklin swings the bat pretty well.
Power:He's not the biggest guy in the world, but there is some potential for power in his swing.
Running speed:Has average speed.
Base running:He's a solid base runner.
Arm strength:His arm grades out as average, maybe a tick above.
Fielding:Overall, he's a pretty solid defender.
Range:He's not the quickest guy, but his range is average at shortstop
Physical Description:Franklin isn't very big or tall and doesn't have a big frame, but he does have some wiry strength.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:He's a real "baseball player" with solid tools across the board.
Weaknesses:That's all he is ... solid. He doesn't have any tools that jump out at you.
Summary:It seems every Draft class has a few middle infielders from Florida who don't wow you with tools, but impress with how they play the game. Franklin might be in that group with a solid, if unspectacular, tool set. Nothing jumps out at you tools-wise, but he just goes out and does a good job and can do a little bit of everything. He won't be the first prep shortstop to go in the Draft, but his kind of solid all-around profile usually gets taken early.