- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
It’s been a long time since the Seattle Mariners boasted a pair of productive, big league middle infielders at the same time, but look at the top of the batting order these days and Brad Miller and Nick Franklin are performing well enough to at least entice fantasy owners. Hey, it beats Dustin Ackley and Brendan Ryan, no? Miller doubled in a run in five at-bats in Thursday’s 8-2 rout of the Minnesota Twins, while Franklin bashed his eighth home run and knocked in three runs. Franklin has been up in the majors roughly twice as long as Miller, thus boasts the better statistics, but Miller’s walk rate is interesting and figures to make him a bit safer to own. Over the past 30 days, he ranks a bit higher on the Player Rater, though neither is a must-own at this point. In time, that should change.