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Mariners sign second first-round pick

Mariners sign second first-round pick

SEATTLE -- The Mariners announced Saturday that they have agreed to terms with shortstop Nick Franklin, one of their two first-round picks in the June First-Year Player Draft.

Franklin was selected with the No. 27 pick in the Draft and was the team's second pick in the first round. No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley remains unsigned.

Franklin, an 18-year-old shortstop out of Lake Brantley High School (Fla.), was in Seattle and worked out with the Mariners prior to their game against the Yankees.

Baseball America reported that Franklin received a $1.28 million signing bonus.

Mariners director of amateur scouting Tom McNamara said the team was impressed with Franklin's confidence and fielding ability.

"He's a confident kid," McNamara said. "Working under [Mariners general manager] Jack [Zduriencik] in Milwaukee, that was one of his big things about talent, besides the tools -- try to really bear down on confidence -- and this guy's confident. He likes to play, [he's a] switch-hitter, he can run. He's a good-looking player."

McNamara said Franklin will likely head to Arizona to play with the team's extended spring squad and will play instructional ball in September.

Mariners -- Top five selections
2CFDustin AckleyUNC Chapel Hill
27SSNicholas FranklinLake Brantley HS
33CSteven BaronJohn A. Ferguson School
511BRichard PoythressU Georgia
822BKyle SeagerUNC Chapel Hill
Complete Mariners Draft results >

Teams have until 9 p.m. PT on Monday to sign Draft picks. Any unsigned player goes back into the Draft pool for next season, and the club receives a compensatory pick in the same slot in which the unsigned player was taken.

Christian Caple is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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