Seattle Mariners' AFL Wrap-Up: Dustin Ackley's Pro Debut a Success

Hayato UwaiCorrespondent INovember 22, 2009

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 21:  First baseman Dustin Ackley #13 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo homer in the second inning to the give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead over the Rice Owls in Game 13 of the NCAA College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 21, 2007 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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2009 Arizona Fall League has ended as the Peoria Javelinas defeated the Phoenix Desert Dogs 5-4 to win the league.

Seven players from the Mariners organization played for the Javelinas and some looked they're close to the big league. Let's review how they've done this fall.


Dustin Ackley 1B/LF

The Mariners drafted Ackley second overall in last year's draft. He did not sign with the club until the signing deadline so he didn't play in the minors.

Ackley mainly hit lead-off for the Javelinas and he managed to hit .315 BA/.412 OBP/.425 SLG/.836 OPS. He only hit one home run but considering AFL was his pro-debut, this numbers are good enough.

He walked 12 times in 73 AB as well. He should put up decent numbers next year.


Carlos Triunfel SS

Big disappointment as he posted a poor line of .204 BA/.250 OBP/.245 SLG/.495 OPS, mainly hitting last for the Javelinas.

He did missed most of last season because of an injury, but he is the Mariners' future shortstop so everyone expected better than this from Triunfel.

He needs to stay healthy and put up good numbers to prove that he is one of the top Mariners prospects.


Joseph Dunigan OF

Dunigan hit 30 HRs along with 104 RBI and .294 BA/.355 OBP/.570 SLG/.925 OPS for Adv. A High-Desert this season.

He didn't take all of that to AFL but still managed to post line of .280 BA/.349 OBP/.467 SLG/.816 OPS. He showed he can hit for power in the Adv. A, let's see how he does at higher level next year.


Joshua Fields P

After having horrible season at AA West Tennessee, Fields was lights-out for the Javelinas, posting 1.64 ERA, 1.09 WHIP in 11.0 innings.

He didn't sign with the Mariners until February and that hold-out effected him this year, but looks like the Mariners' future closer is back on track.

He may crack the opening day roster as the Mariners look to take work-loads off from Sean White and Mark Lowe.


Phillippe Aumont P

The Mariners converted him into a reliever this year as they try to bring Aumont up quickly. He didn't look sharp, posting 12.00 ERA/2.25 WHIP in 12.0 innings. 

Although his ERA was above the roof, he struck out 18 batters, good for 13.5 K/9 rate. 

Still, he is considered one of the top pitching prospect on the Mariners and may make the big league debut soon.


Anthony Varvaro P

Varvaro recently made the 40-man roster. He went 1-0 with 4.05 ERA and decent WHIP of 1.13. He started the championship game, giving up a run over 2.0 innings.

It's unclear he will make the roster or not, but he did post decent ERA of 2.82 at AA West Tennessee. Adding him to the 40-man roster and sending him to AFL means Zduriencik likes something out of him.


Nick Hill P

West Point graduate posted 10.50 ERA with 2.67 WHIP in 7 starts. He struck out almost a batter per inning, but this numbers doesn't look too good.

Overall some guys had great time at AFL, some were not. But this experience at AFL should help them in the future.

It'll be interesting to watch how many of them will make the Mariners roster in the future.


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