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Dustin Ackley to bat seventh in major league debut tonight

Jun 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

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The future is nigh.

2009 No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley will make his major league debut against the Phillies a little over two hours from now. And according to Greg Johns of, the 23-year-old second baseman will bat seventh.

I know, I know. While it’s tempting to lose it over Ackley batting seventh, it would be unfair to install him as the No. 2 hitter right out of the gate, especially with Roy Oswalt on the hill for the Phillies. Granted, Oswalt hasn’t been himself lately, but that’s no easy task, even for someone with a polished approach like Ackley. Let’s not cast him as the lineup’s savior.

Ackley had a .421 on-base percentage with Triple-A Tacoma and compiled a ridiculous 117/130 K/BB ratio over 918 plate appearances in the minor leagues, so it won’t be long before he’s the No. 2 hitter behind Ichiro. It might not happen tomorrow or even next week, but it will happen soon enough.

  1. cur68 - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Kid got his first hit, in his first at bat, right through Little Roy’s wickets; a single. Little Roy ruined the kid’s effort by making Figgy look ordinary (which, lets face it, Figgins is, bit credit to Oswalt, he did what he does) and that was the inning. Pretty good @ bat for Ackley-Kid though.
    If a body catch a body, need a body cry?

  2. bigtrav425 - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Time for the M’s to start playing the youngsters. Smoak and Ackley is a good start

  3. natstowngreg - Jun 18, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Just the typical prospect callup hype. Obsess over when some propsect will be called up, then assume he will fulfill his potential from Day 1.

    IF Ackley shows he’s ready for the bigs, he will get his long-term role soon enough. First, let him show he’s ready.

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