Franklin's six RBIs power first-place Javelinas
Mariners prospect has plated 19 runs in 14 games for Peoria in Arizona Fall League
No. 3 Mariners prospect Nick Franklin has been having a strong season in the Arizona Fall League. To that end, he took over the RBI lead on the circuit by plating six runs Tuesday.
Franklin collected four hits as Peoria pounded Phoenix, 13-6. The infield prospect, who has 19 RBIs in 14 games, has at least one hit and one RBI in each of his last six contests.
"It seemed like every time I came up today, there were runners in scoring position," he said. "I don't think I've had that many [in a single game] before, maybe high school."
MLB.com's No. 29 prospect, Franklin has split time between second base, shortstop and designated hitter for the Javelinas, just as he did with Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma during the regular season.
No matter where he's played the field, however, the 21-year-old switch-hitter has come up big at the plate. Over his last six games, Franklin is 11-for-24 with a homer, a triple, three doubles and 13 RBIs.
"It doesn't matter to me [what position I play]," he said. "I just want to be in the lineup with a chance to play."
His squad jumped all over Desert Dogs starter Nick Bucci and never looked back Tuesday. The Brewers prospect fell to 2-2 after being tagged for six runs on eight hits and two walks while recording just four outs. Franklin opened the scoring with a two-out RBI double in the first inning.
Peoria scored four times in the second, with Franklin driving in Billy Hamilton (Reds) and Liriano. After Phoenix got on the board with a two-run shot by catcher Jake Realmuto (Marlins) in the fourth, Franklin responded with a two-out double in the home half of the frame.
Rymer Liriano (Padres) scored four runs -- three of them on Franklin's hits and Vinnie Catricala (Mariners) added three hits.
Peoria combined for 17 hits, with only Reds prospect Travis Mattair going hitless. The designated hitter did walk and drive in his first run of the AFL campaign. Speedster Hamilton singled twice, walked, stole two bases and scored twice.
Realmuto, Josh Prince (Brewers), Christian Yelich (Marlins) and A's prospect Grant Green had two hits apiece for Phoenix, which fell four games behind Peoria in the AFL West Division race.
Javelinas starter Tim Crabbe (Reds) went four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a pair of walks while striking out one. The right-hander owns a 2.81 ERA in five AFL outings.
Peoria improved to a league-best 15-9.
John Parker is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.