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August 16, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Franklin signing official; still no word on top pick Ackley

After a childhood spent on Florida’s summer baseball circuit, shortstop Nick Franklin had never spent a summer away from baseball until this one. So after Franklin, the 27th overall pick in the draft, signed this weekend for a $1.28 million signing bonus, he wanted to get down to Arizona to start playing again as soon as possible.
“I don’t know if I have time to buy anything right now,” he said.
Franklin, a switch hitter from Lake Brantley High School near Orlando, will play in the Arizona rookie league in Peoria as early as Tuesday. But before he began, he spent Sunday signing autographs and meeting the Mariners in the clubhouse.
“Griffey was actually one of the stars I really loved,” he said. “That has changed; I like Chase Utley now.”
The Mariners’ top pick, Dustin Ackley, has still not been signed with Monday’s 9:01 p.m. deadline fast approaching.

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