Franklin enters his 24th season in the Cubs organization and his seventh at the major league level, serving as staff assistant … spent the previous three seasons as the Cubs minor league infield coordinator... Served the Cubs as a minor league manager, hitting coach and coordinator from 2002-11... Played six minor league seasons (1995-2000) in the Cubs system, reaching the Double-A level... Attended Miguel Antonio Caro School in Caracas, Venezuela.
Managerial and Coaching Career
Franklin is in his seventh season as a major league staff assistant after coaching or managing in the Cubs minor league system since 2002... Spent three seasons (2009-11) as the Cubs minor league infield coordinator... Managed the Rookie-League Mesa Cubs to a 31-24 record in 2008... Was Single-A Boise's hitting coach in 2007 after serving at the helm of the Cubs Rookie-League Dominican Summer club in 2005-06... Was a member of Mesa's coaching staff for the 2003-04 campaigns... Managed the 2002 Cubs Rookie-League Venezuelan Summer club to a 28-29 record … assisted the Cubs Single-A Daytona affiliate in 2001.
Franklin played six minor league seasons (1995-2000) in the Cubs system, reaching the Double-A level … all told, batted .290 (543-for-1,871) with 46 doubles, 22 triples, three homers, 171 RBI and 110 stolen bases in 527 career minor league games... Earned Gulf Coast Rookie-League all-star honors in 1996 after batting .301 with a league-high 72 hits and 31 stolen bases... Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cubs, March 21, 1995.