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Ackley, the second overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, is looking to bring some offensive pop to this stagnant Mariner offense—but skeptics believe he is not ready.
His stats don't do much to turn those nonbelievers into believers. At AAA, Ackley only hit .274 with five homeruns and 23 RBIs in 52 games. The North Carolina protege needs to make more of a significant impact with the bat in the majors. He has seemed to have caught fire recently as he hit .424 and earned MVP honors in the Arizona Fall League.
Chone Figgins made the move over to third base, his natural position, to open the door for Ackley to make his Major League debut.
The Mariners are trying to become relevant again and with a strong spring performance, Ackley could provide them with a glimmer of hope.