I wanted to capture the dramatic change that has occurred at second base. After a couple of years waiting for Dustin Ackley to live up to his promise, it appears a permanent change has taken place and the team will not be looking back. Nick Franklin has come up to the majors and made a statement regarding his place on the roster. Through 75 games, he is creating 6.3 runs per game, which is higher than Kyle Seager’s 5.9. Okay, so he is off to a hot start, but comparatively, how good has he been?
The table to the right shows where he is amongst the players who have played second base this year. The column labeled Outs is slightly unusual. I have continued working on my obsession regarding roster construction and Outs is a key part of filling a roster. For a batter, it is what happens in between the Outs that helps a team win. For my roster construction study, Outs is my proxy for innings played at a position. In this table, there are 214 Outs that have been generated by second basemen. Ackley has collected just over half of those Outs. Franklin comes in at about one-quarter. Robert Andino and Carlos Triunfel pick up the remainder. Franklin has created more runs than Ackley while consuming less than half of the Outs. This type of performance does not allow much room for anyone to take the position away from him. Maybe the Mariners have their next second baseman and between Franklin, Seager, and Morales, they could have three-fourths of a very good infield.
By the way, when you are standing beyond the outfield wall and see the backs of the middle infielders, are your reminded of Ryan Franklin?