College Spotlight: Franklin tearing the cover off the ball at KSU
Former Jefferson standout Jake Franklin (Class of 2015) is straight up destroying the baseball right now. In his senior season at Kennesaw State, the first baseman is batting .340 with 3 HR and 14 RBI. He has recorded 9 multi-hit games in 2019 for the Owls, who are 15-14 overall.
Franklin was a 2014 Perfect Game Underclass All-American Honorable Mention, and was the Class 2A Player of the Year and Region 8-AA Player of the Year in a junior season where he hit .423 with 23 RBI. He was an All-Region selection all four years, and left with a .447 batting average and 60 RBI from his time as a Dragon.
Franklin’s Kennesaw State career got off to a slow start, as he saw only limited action as a freshman, batting .233 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in 2016. In his 2017 sophomore campaign, he upped his average to .255, but had no homers and only 7 RBI.
Eager for more playing time, he reached a new level in 2018. As a junior, he hit .282 with 7 HR and 34 RBI, planting himself firmly in the lineup. He added a career-best 10 doubles and a triple, and stole 8 bases. This season has been more of the same, but yet again raising that bar a little higher. He has career numbers of .282-12-63 with 24 doubles, 2 triples, 50 walks, and 16 stolen bases to go with 79 runs scored. A fine fielder, Franklin has a .983 FLD% as well.
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