Ryan Ray Franklin (born March 5, 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.
He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and grew up in Spiro, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in Spiro in 1991 and was named to the All-State baseball team. He went to Seminole Junior College, in Oklahoma, where he had a 20-0 win-loss record over two years.
Ryan Franklin was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 23rd round of the 1992 amateur draft but chose to return to school. He signed his first major league contract with the team on May 21, 1993.