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Kirby Arnold |
Published: Friday, August 14, 2009, 6:33 p.m.

First-round draft pick Nick Franklin is in the house

Still nothing official on where the Mariners are in talks with their unsigned draft picks, although there's an awfully good sign standing on the top step of the dugout right now while the team is taking batting practice.

Nick Franklin, the high school shortstop taken with the 27th overall pick, is in Seattle to take his physical exam. He took a blood test today and will undergo the rest of his physical on Saturday.

The Mariners still won't say anything one way or the other about how close they are to signing any of their picks, although this one seems close. The kid spent some time in the clubhouse this afternoon with The Kid -- Ken Griffey Jr. -- and you wouldn't think he'd have begun his physical exam without some kind of agreement between the two sides.

Franklin is a 6-foot-1, 190 pound switch-hitting outfielder from Lake Brantley High School in Orlando. It's the same school that produced such major leaguers as Jason Varitek, Rickie Weeks and Felipe Lopez.

This post has been altered to reflect that Franklin is not represented by agent Scott Boras. Franklin is represented by David Meter.

No word on whether there will be a Dustin Ackley sighting. He's the star from North Carolina who the Mariners took with the second overall pick in the draft.

Teams have until 9 p.m. (PDT) Monday to sign their draft picks.

Communication between the Mariners and agent Scott Boras, who represents Ackley, had primarily been a one-way thing since the draft in June, with the team getting little response from their calls. We'll keep checking the top step of the dugout, among other things, to see if this means Ackley is close.

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