MLB Prospect Watch: Dustin Ackley to Make MLB Debut for Seattle Mariners
Second baseman Dustin Ackley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 MLB amateur draft, will make his Major League debut Friday as the Seattle Mariners take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series at Safeco Field.
Ackley, 23, would have been the clear choice to be the No. 1 overall pick two years ago if not for the presence of Stephen Strasburg. Baseball America ranked him the best second baseman, the third-best infielder, and the 12th-best overall prospect in baseball on their preseason Top 100 Prospects list.
In 66 games with Triple-A Tacoma, Ackley hit .303/.421/.487 with nine home runs, 35 RBI, 57 runs and seven stolen bases in 10 attempts. According to Jeff Sackmann's Minor League Equivalency calculator, that translates to a .257/.352/.395 triple-slash with seven homers, 29 RBI, 46 runs and six SBs when adjusted for the offense-killing effects of Safeco Field.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Mariners are over .500 and only one game behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West. Ackley could give them the boost their lineup needs to remain in contention.
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