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Mariners on the verge of calling up prospect Dustin Ackley

Jun 14, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Speculation last month that the Mariners were close to calling up top prospect Dustin Ackley proved wrong, but now Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that the former No. 2 overall pick may make his much-anticipated debut Monday.

Projecting call-ups is tricky at this point in the season because the service time ramifications aren’t set in stone, but Baker guesses that he’ll arrive on June 21, on the road against the Nationals.

Selected one pick after Stephen Strasburg in the 2009 draft, Ackley successfully transitioned to second base and is hitting .297 with nine homers and a .902 OPS in 64 games at Triple-A, posting a .415 on-base percentage with more walks (54) than strikeouts (38).

Adam Kennedy and Jack Wilson have been splitting time at second base, so Ackley’s arrival means the Mariners may look to unload Wilson’s contract and move Kennedy to third base, where he’d take playing time away from the struggling Chone Figgins.

  1. IdahoMariner - Jun 14, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    if only the club would take time away from Figgins. Sigh. I had such high hopes for him. But he’s not even close to the same hitter as he was with the Angels.

  2. shawnuel - Jun 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    I agree Idaho, but when management/coaches encourage aggressiveness in a hitter whose greatest skill was selectivity at the plate what can one expect? Certainly Figgins has underperformed, but I’d like to see how this new Figgy 9, Ichiro, 1, Ryan, 2 order helps and if the club would encourage him to go back to the approach that worked for him so well in the past: Walk rate near 16% rather than under 6%.

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