Jul 14, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT
It’s apparently “promote a former No. 2 overall pick to Triple-A” day.
First the Royals moved 2007 second pick Mike Moustakas to Triple-A and now the Mariners have done the same with 2009 second pick Dustin Ackley.
Moustakas pretty much forced the promotion by hitting .347 with 46 extra-base hits and a 1.100 OPS in 66 games at Double-A, but Ackley’s numbers are a whole lot less impressive. Selected out of the University of North Carolina one spot after Stephen Stasburg in last year’s draft, Ackley hit .263/.389/.384 in 82 games at Double-A.
Those numbers certainly don’t scream out promotion, particularly since this is Ackley’s first professional season and starting him at Double-A was plenty aggressive anyway, but it’s worth noting that he’s been very good since getting off to a brutally slow start.
Ackley hit just .147 in April while making the transition to second base, but has reportedly held his own at the new position defensively and is batting .304 with 22 extra-base hits and more walks (42) than strikeouts (27) since May 1.
As many people predicted would be the case for Ackley coming out of college he’s shown limited power with just two homers in 289 at-bats, but he’s also lived up to the expectations of a high-average left-handed hitter with outstanding on-base skills. If the Mariners can find a taker for Jose Lopez, the path could be cleared for Ackley to take over at second base next season with Chone Figgins sliding back to third base.
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