Franklin shines in Rising Stars Game

Mariners prospect goes 4-for-5, homers, drives in four runs

Nick Franklin hit .281 with seven homers and 26 RBIs this year. (

By Ashley Marshall / Special to | November 5, 2011 7:27 PM ET

Nick Franklin, the Mariners' No. 3 prospect, went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored Saturday, leading the West Division to an 11-2 rout of the East at the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars Game.

Franklin smacked a first-pitch fastball from No. 1 overall Draft pick Gerrit Cole (Pirates) over the center-field wall for a two-run homer in the first inning, then doubled in the second and plated two runs with another two-base hit in the third. The switch-hitting shortstop also singled in the fifth.

The offense proved more than enough for Mariners left-hander Danny Hultzen, who pitched two hitless innings. Selected third overall in this year's Draft, he struck out the side on 14 pitches in the opening frame and worked around a one-out walk to Nationals prospect Bryce Harper in the second.

Wil Myers, the Royals' No. 1 prospect, added three hits, two RBIs and a stolen base out of the No. 3 spot, while Braves prospect Joe Terdoslavich plated three runs and finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Harper,'s No. 2 prospect, finished 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and Brian Dozier (Twins) smacked a solo homer for the East Division. Cole did not make it out of the first inning and was charged with five runs on four hits and a walk. Recap | Gameday box score

Ashley Marshall is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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