Monday, February 18, 2013

Seattle Mariners prospect Nick Franklin spent offseason eating 6,500 calories a day to gain weight

Seattle Mariners prospect Nick Franklin arrived at spring training nearly 35 pounds heavier than he weighed at the end of last season. And the infielder credits a daily caloric intake of 6,500 during the winter as the primary reason. Franklin reportedly binged on the likes of Carrabba's, Chick-Fil-A, and Chipotle to increase his weight from 162-pounds to 196.

From The Seattle Times:
It's part of a plan the former first-round draft pick hopes will take him from the 6-foot-1, 162-pound frame he finished last season with to a 200-pound body by opening day. He arrived at spring training weighing 196 pounds — a 34-pound gain from last September — and drawing plenty of second glances wherever he goes.

"Last year, during the season, I felt my body starting to collapse on me," Franklin said of a 2012 season split between Class AA and AAA. "At the end of August, I weighed 162 pounds and I was hitting balls to the gap that probably should have been out and they ended up going off the wall. One of them bounced to the wall."

You may remember gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps employing a similar high-calorie diet in preparation of the Olympics. However, Phelps downed 12,000 calories a day -- almost twice the amount of calories Franklin is currently consuming. Nonetheless, it's still a massive amount of food.

Franklin said he worked with a performance coach to make sure the extra influx of food didn't turn to complete body fat. His coach, Fred Higuera, warns that the rapid weight gain only worked for Franklin because of his rare blend of youth, work ethic, and high metabolism. So, for those of you who may be thinking about giving this diet a try, you may want to think twice.

Franklin's eateries of choice include Chick-Fil-A for breakfast, Chipotle Mexican Bar and Grill for lunch, and Carrabba's Italian Grill for dinner. He says his mother tries to reduce meal costs by sending him gift cards to the aforementioned restaurants.

The 21-year-old says his ultimate goal is to reach 200 pounds by Opening Day. I believe he is well on his way.

Franklin, a Florida native, batted .278 with 11 homers and 55 RBI in split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season.


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