2013 Season Review: 3B K.J. Franklin

K.J. Franklin was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft out of Cerritos, CA.  The 18-year old third baseman was sent to Arizona to play his first year of pro ball.

He got off to a hot start in his pro debut which started on June 25th.  He hit successfully in all 5 of his games in June.  On June 30th, he went 2-4 with a double and a walk to collect his first multi-hit game.  Overall, June marked a .333/.439/.500 line.  He walked 3 times and recorded 5 strikeouts.

In July, he added 2 more games to total a 7-game hit streak to start his career.  Most of the month turned out to be less than impressive.  From the 3rd to the 23rd, he hit just 6-55 with more than a strikeout per game average.  Franklin got back on track in the last four games of July.  On the 24th, he went 3-4 with a double, his first pro home run, 2 runs, and 2 RBI against the Athletics.  For the month, he slashed a .175/.239/.263 line.  His walks only totaled 5 and strikeouts rose to 29.

August got off to a fair start but ended with a very good showing.  He went 6-26 in the first 8 games of the month.  He did control his strikeouts and walks well during this period though.  Then, he went on a tear in his final 12 games of the year.  He hit successfully in 11 of those games and recorded multi-hit games in 5 of them.  This included three 3-hit games in the final four games.  He made good contact while going 19-49 in the final 12 games but also struck out 14 times.  As a whole, Franklin produced a .333/.393/.440 line in August.  He lowered his strikeouts to 19 and walked 6 times.

Franklin struggled to field the hot corner at times.  In the 106 balls hit his way, he committed 20 errors that led to a .811 fielding percent.


Season Stats

196 173 45 15 0 1 25 1 1 13 53 .260 .326 .364 .691

Overall Thoughts

In his first exposure to professional baseball, K.J. Franklin struggled to find some consistency, but he held his own offensively. Coming out of the draft he was considered to be quite raw, and it showed at times. He will need to improve his plate discipline and his error rate must improve. There is a lot of upside with him though, but it may take some time to put it all together.

About Thomas Felsmaier

As a kid who grew up in Central Florida, attending multiple Spring Training games every year sparked a love affair with baseball. I've gone from a Devil Rays fan to a minor league die-hard that gets to watch the game in beautiful Pensacola. While I may not be a writer by trade, I am a baseball fan by nature.