Mariners sign first-round draft pick INF Nick Franklin

Mariners sign first-round draft pick INF Nick Franklin

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today that the club has agreed to terms with first-round draft pick INF Nick Franklin.

Franklin, 18, was the Mariners second pick in the first round of the June Amateur Draft, selected 27th overall. The Longwood, FL native had a standout prep career at Lake Brantley High School. He hit .538 with 11 home runs and was selected as the Orlando Sentinel Baseball Player of the Year.

"He's a confident kid who just loves to play the game," McNamara said. "We are thrilled to have him join the organization and start his journey towards the Major Leagues."

The switch-hitting shortstop helped lead Lake Brantley to the 2008 Florida State High School title, batting .433 with 6 home runs, 12 doubles and 38 runs scored. Franklin was also a member of the 2007 and 2008 USA Baseball Youth National Team that played in Venezuela and Canada. He originally signed to play college baseball at Auburn, where he would have faced his older brother, Clint, who is a senior pitcher at the University of Florida.

He is scheduled to report to the Mariners minor league complex in Peoria, Ariz. On Monday.

The Mariners have now signed 33 of their 52 draft selections (see full list on page 2 of this release), including 13 of their top 15. Seattle has until 9:01 p.m. PT on Monday to sign remaining high school seniors or college underclassmen, or until the player enters or returns to, a four-year college or junior college for the fall semester, whichever comes first.