I’ve never met Mariners infield prospect Nick Franklin but I from what I’ve read, I’m simply not fond of him…and I wouldn’t be surprised if you will feel the same way after reading this.
Geoff Baker, of the Seattle Times, is at the Mariners spring camp and wrote an interesting profile of the shortstop and each time I read it or write about him I simply get steamed, while he gets fried.
This weasel Franklin needs to GAIN weight.
Since last fall, Franklin has been on a 6,500-calorie-per-day diet because the 6-foot-1, soon to be 22-year old former first-round draft pick, finished last season weighing 162-pounds. My thigh weighs 162 pounds.
His goal is to have a 200-pound body by Opening Day by eating…a lot.
- Each morning he has a 1,500-calorie breakfast consisting of six scrambled eggs — yolks included — and a high-caloric protein shake.
- By 10:30 a.m., he has another 500-calorie shake.
- Noon he has a 1,500-calorie lunch.
- At 2 p.m., there’s another 500-calorie shake.
- He cuts down and has a 250-calorie shake at 3 p.m.
- He then has a 500-calorie shake to “hold him over” until a 1,500-calorie dinner.
I gained five pounds reading that.
Baker gives us some specifics:
- When he doesn’t have time to cook breakfast, he’s eating Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches before team workouts.
- For lunch choices he hits Chipotle Mexican Bar and Grill. “If you get a bowl there, it’s really big,” he said. “Double-chicken is like 800 calories — it’s insane.” He also likes The Corner Bakery because “the pasta there is really good, too.”
- He likes to dine at Carrabba’s Italian Grill for dinner, usually consisting of “chicken alfredo and some kind of vegetable like broccoli or peas.”
Franklin tries to keep as close to 6,500 calories per day as he can, though he sometimes falls short and admits it isn’t as easy as it sounds to just eat.
The eating plan was designed by Jeff Higuera, a performance coach Franklin has trained with since he was a teenager. Higuera monitors Franklin to see that he doesn’t take on too much extra body fat. Franklin also kept a close eye on his speed and agility work to make sure he didn’t lose quickness with all of the bulk he added to his frame.
To compensate for the weight gain, he focused on building up the lower part of his body, eventually managing a personal-best 425 pounds on the squat rack. Franklin says he’s felt good doing the first few drills this spring and hasn’t lost any mobility.
“Honestly, there are some days where I just want to let it all go,” he said. “It’s hard to hold it down sometimes. Other than that, I feel like I’m on a full stomach the entire day. There’s not one point where I’m hungry. I’m always full when I’m eating, let’s just say that. I’m always eating when I’m not supposed to be eating.”
Okay, if you’re not annoyed yet, let me just add that Franklin is dating a supermodel.