Ard signs deal with Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners agreed to terms with Prairie High School graduate Taylor Ard. He was at Safeco Field on Saturday and was expected to sign, the team announced.

Ard, a first baseman at Washington State, was drafted for the third time. The Mariners like the power potential Ard brings to the plate. As a junior this season, Ard hit .332 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI.

Ard will report to the Everett AquaSox, the Mariners' Class A short-season affiliate.