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June 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Live-blogging the MLB draft this afternoon (plus minor-league report)

Here’s today’s Mariners’ minor-league report. Three more hits and a home run for Mike Carp, who extended his hitting streak to 21 games and is batting .418 with nine homers and 28 RBIs over that span. Over his last 38 games, Carp is hitting .396 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs.

But here’s Dave Cameron explaining why we shouldn’t get too excited about Carp (and why do I think his comments were aimed at me?). I won’t ever claim to match Dave on statistical analysis, but I will say this: I do believe that young guys sometimes figure things out, and take a quantum leap forward. And I think Carp is hot enough to warrant a look at the major-league level to see if he’s one of them.

I just wanted to let you all know I’ll be at Safeco Field this afternoon for the draft, and I’ll be live-blogging the proceedings.

We won’t have to wait long to find out whom the Mariners are selecting. The draft is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Pacific time, and teams have five minutes to make a selection in the first round. That means the Pirates will have announced their pick (likely UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole) by 4:05, and the Mariners will be on the clock. Dan Wilson and area scout Steve Markovich are representing the Mariners from MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Seacaucus, New Jersey, and should convey the M’s pick to commissioner Bud Selig by about 4:10 p.m.

The plan is for Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik and scouting director Tom McNamara to be made available to the media about 4:45 p.m., so I’ll be able to update with quotes. And at some point in the evening, I’m sure we’ll be able to talk to the selection himself.

I’m excited to finally see who the Mariners will be taking with the No. 2 overall pick. You’ll find out in this very spot in under three hours.

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