Friday, June 17, 2011

Dustin Ackley Called Up To The SHOW!

Dustin Ackley   3 | 2B
Status: Assigned to New Team/Level
MLB Parent Club: Seattle
Full Name: Dustin Michael Ackley
Born: 02/26/1988
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, NC
College: North Carolina
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185
Bats: L
Throws: R

2011 Season
Minors .303662715782173935132553873.421.487.908

Stats Courtesy of

So the arrival of Dustin Ackley is finally here.  After much anticipation by us as fans, he will get his Mariner uniform on today and make his Major League debut.  An exciting day for the kid and for the organization, and, especially for the city of Seattle.  It has been said that we shouldn't expect a lot when he first comes up as he will need time to adjust to Major League pitching, but I want to expect a lot and I do believe that we'll see a lot from Ackley.

His AAA stats above are a bit misleading.  After a slow start to the year, Ackley has increased his average to .303 by going on an absolute tear as of late and has been really aggressive at the plate.  Every level he has played on his way through the farm system he has succeeded in.  Especially in the Arizona Fall League where he won League MVP honors this year.  Besides his success, he is a patient hitter that knows how to pick his pitches.  Ackley has 55 walks in 66 games with only 38 strikeouts.  

The question is, will he get to play everyday?  Being that Ackley has been getting a fresh start as a second baseman, it makes things a bit interesting in the Mariner's infield.  Luis Rodriguez was optioned down to AAA Tacoma to make room for Ackley, therefore, Adam Kennedy has been working out at 3rd base to familiarize himself a bit more at that position.  L-Rod was primarily the backup for the left side of the infield as Jack Wilson has been the backup at second with Kennedy playing there most of the time.  I don't believe that Kennedy will be our new third baseman.

Figgins has struggled all of this year so far.  After struggling for more than half of last year, fans have grown weary of seeing his name in the lineup and would gladly welcome Kennedy as a replacement at third base.  BUT, Figgins has shown signs of coming out of his mega slump.  I believe as he started to watch Kennedy field grounders in his position it may have caused him to wake up a bit.  Since Monday he has gone 4 for 9 with a walk and 2 doubles.  That's the Figgins I remember that used to kill the Mariners as an Angel.  

Jack Wilson, this may be bad news for him.   As Brendan Ryan beat him out for shortstop in Spring Training, and then losing the starting second base spot at the beginning of the year after pulling himself from a game for making two errors, he has been mainly a backup.  Now that Kennedy's glove is going to be mainly a backup his stick will have to find ways into the game considering that he holds the highest batting average on the M's this year.  I said long ago that it may be best to see if Jack Wilson could be traded back to Pittsburgh to have the opportunity to retire as a Pirate.  He spent most of his career there and after a conversation I heard him have with a fan at Spring Training, I know he would love to be back there.  

Ackley was the second pick overall in the 2009 First Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners.  When he dawns his uniform today, he will have accomplished what many young people all over the world only dream about.  He will be a Major League ballplayer.  Welcome to the Big Leagues Dustin Ackley!  We couldn't be more excited for your arrival.  As for the rest of the team, you are now competing for every AB and every inning in the field.  Good Luck out there!  Let's Go Mariners!!!


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