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August 9, 2011 at 4:02 PM

One down, six to go for Mariners in tough year for signing top-10 draft round picks

Relief pitcher Carter Capps inked a deal with the Mariners about an hour ago, roughly three days after the third-round compensation pick agreed to terms with the club.
So, with Capps, a four-year junior college guy who bolstered his stock by throwing 99 mph and making the all-star team in the Cape Cod League now on-board, the Mariners still have to sign their picks from Rounds 1,2,3, 5, 8 and 9 before Monday’s 9 p.m. PT deadline.
No, this is not a normal situation.
But it’s not only the M’s having trouble. As of today, there were roughly 130 picks from the top 10 rounds of the draft still unsigned around baseball. Why all the holdouts?
Well, there has been a lot of talk about an official slotting system with the next collective bargaining agreement (the old one runs out after this season) and that would severely limit the money top rounders could get. So, it would seem, some agents are trying to max out on the amount of money they can land for clients this time around.
Or, maybe it’s just something in the water. Who knows?
Mariners amateur scouting director Tom McNamara just flew in here about an hour ago from Orlando, Fla., where he was visiting with the team’s fifth-round pick, catcher Tyler Marlette.
“Just trying to move the proceess along,” McNamara said. “Trying to give it the personal touch.”

Capps had told the team he wanted to go to the Cape Cod League to boost his stock. That’s sort of what the league has become known for helping players do.
McNamara agreed that getting his velocity up and making the all-star team did give the pitcher more leverage when it came to negotiations.
“He wanted to go up there and better himself and he did,” McNamara said.
The Mariners will start Capps off at Class A Clinton of the Midwest League.
Still unsigned are No. 2 overall pick Danny Hultzen from the University of Virgina, second round SS Brad Miller from Clemson, third round high school C Kevin Cron, fifth rounder Marlette, 8th round RHP Carson Smith from Texas State and 9th round high school SS Calvin Cohoes from Germany.
In other news, Justin Smoak could be avai;able for pinch-hit duty tonight and tomorrow but won’t start at first base again until Friday.
Mariners (49-65)
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
2 Jack Wilson SS
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
20 Mike Carp (L) 1B
4 Adam Kennedy (L) DH
30 Miguel Olivo C
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
36 Michael Pineda RHP
Rangers (65-51)
5 Ian Kinsler 2B
9 Endy Chavez (L) CF
32 Josh Hamilton (L) LF
10 Michael Young 3B
17 Nelson Cruz RF
25 Mike Napoli C
8 Yorvit Torrealba DH
18 Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
12 Omar Quintanilla (L) SS
41 Alexi Ogando RHP



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