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Mariners have Dustin Ackley playing left field at Triple-A

Jun 13, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Dustin Ackley has hit .429 with a 1.143 OPS in 11 games at Triple-A since being demoted back to the minors by the Mariners last month, but whenever he returns to the majors it might not be as a second baseman.

Seattle seems committed to giving rookie Nick Franklin a lengthy opportunity to establish himself as the long-term second baseman and last night the Mariners had Ackley start in left field at Triple-A.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that Ackley is also expected to get some reps in center field and right field while in Tacoma. Ackley played the outfield in college before Tommy John surgery forced a move to first base and he’s been almost exclusively a second baseman as a pro, logging zero time in the outfield before yesterday.

  1. skinsfanwill - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I wasted a good draft pick on him and he’s hitting .429 in triple A. Leave his ass there, I’ve got enough outfielders. I need a 2B. I wish him the best though. Hope he makes a comeback and lives up to the hype.

    • DJ MC - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      I assume you’re talking about fantasy and are not actually Jack Zduriencik. In that case, unless the rules of your league are completely crazy, he’ll still have second-base eligibility when he comes back.

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    If his bat couldn’t cut it at a defensive-minded position (2nd base), it’s definitely not going to cut it in LF.

    Of course, if the demotion wakes him up and he begins living up to his offensive potential, the M’s could play him most anywhere.

    Just keep Eric Wedge away from him.

    • Bryz - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      “Just keep sabermetrics away from him.”

      – Eric Wedge

    • jeffbbf - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      wasn’t he an outfielder until the Mariners decided to make him a 2bman?

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