The Mariners have signed No. 27 overall pick Nick Franklin for $1.28 million. He’s the 17th of the 32 first-rounders to sign and the fifth to get more than MLB’s recommendation for his slot. The commissioner’s office’s guideline was $1,161,000.
A shortstop from Lake Brantley High in Altamonte Springs, Fla., Franklin is a switch-hitter with gap power and plus speed. He has been compared to Aaron Hill, with less power but a better chance to remain at shortstop. Franklin had committed to Auburn.
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