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Pirates Release Nick Franklin

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The Pittsburgh Pirates released infielder Nick Franklin on Friday. The 28-year-old, who has 301 games of Major League experience, was playing at Triple-A Indianapolis this season.

Franklin began the season on the injured list due to hamstring tightness, which was bothering him during Spring Training. After a few rehab games with Bradenton, he joined Indianapolis on April 23rd and hit .193/.289/.316 in 44 games. He was serving as a utility fielder, seeing time at five different positions. The Pirates signed him back on February 6th to a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp.

John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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