MLB 2011: Dustin Ackley and the Top 5 Midsummer Call-Ups

Joey HnathCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2011

MLB 2011: Dustin Ackley and the Top 5 Midsummer Call-Ups

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    GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 11:  Dustin Ackley #13 of the Seattle Mariners fields a ground ball against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on March 11, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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    For every Jason Heyward that begins his rookie year right from Opening Day, there is a Buster Posey who is called up in the summer to delay his major league service clock.

    These two rookies played an equally significant role for his respective team in 2010, though they reached the majors at different times.

    Midsummer call-ups can alter a pennant race and a team’s fortune for that season, and 2011 won’t be different.

    There are several talented rookies that will start 2011 in the minors, whether it’s to delay their service clock or tweak something minor in their game.  However, come June, many of them will start to be called up.

    Here are five players who will be called up this summer who will have the biggest impact.

5. Jordan Lyles, P, Astros

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    KISSIMMEE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Jordan Lyles #70 of the Houston Astros poses for a portrait during Spring Training photo Day at Osceola County Stadium  on February 24, 2011 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Lyles was in the running for the Astros’ fifth starter spot to begin 2011, but that position has been given to veteran Nelson Figueroa.

    Nevertheless, Lyles will see the majors in either June or July.

    Houston will either need Lyles’ service due to a lack of productivity, or they will make a trade, freeing up a position in their rotation for their top prospect.

4. Matt Dominguez, 3B, Marlins

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    JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Matt Dominguez #78 of the Florida Marlins hits a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Dominguez got off to a great start this spring, and was the frontrunner to win the third baseman job for the Marlins before his abysmal slump.

    There is no doubt his glove is ready, and once he finds his stroke again in the minors, Dominguez will take over the hot corner for the Marlins.

3. Julio Teheran, P, Braves

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Julio Teheran #66 of the Atlanta Braves during Photo Day at  Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports of Complex on February 21, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    One of the top prospects in the game could be a deciding factor in the NL East and Wild Card races this season.

    Teheran’s talent is too much to ignore, so even if one of Atlanta’s starters doesn’t go down with an injury or their fifth starter does produce, Teheran could find himself in a very big role out of the bullpen.

2. Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals

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    SURPISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals bats during a spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
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    Arguably the Royals’ top prospect, Moustakas hit 36 homers in the minors in 2010.

    He will start the season in the minors to delay his major league service clock, but don’t expect him there for too long.

    Moustakas should be in the majors by July.

1. Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 04:  Dustin Ackley #13 of the Seattle Mariners runs to first base during the spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Peoria Stadium on March 4, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Ackley has the talent and is ready to begin the season in the bigs, but the Mariners will send him down to the minors until June to delay his service clock.

    Once Ackley arrives, he could produce much like Buster Posey did last season.  He won’t be able to lead the Mariners to playoffs like Posey did, but he will be a cornerstone in that franchise for years to come.