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Dustin Ackley robbed Travis d’Arnaud of a home run

Jul 22, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

Last night Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud hit a home run to left-center field, except Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley jumped up, reached over the fence, and brought the ball back with a spectacular catch:

Ackley still hasn’t hit much in the majors yet at age 26, but the former No. 2 overall pick has excellent defensive numbers since shifting to left field full time. And that was a helluva play.

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  1. cmp78 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    It’ll still be a disappointment given where he was drafted, but on a sure-fire contending team (like the M’s probably think they’ll be next year) he would be a good utility guy. And he is hitting .360 this month, so he hasn’t completely bottomed out like Smoak.

    His reaction though begs the question, does Dustin Ackley ever smile?

  2. sdelmonte - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    On the plus side, T d’A is continuing to hit well.

  3. pkers - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Perhaps he could have a career similar to Alex Gordon’s: high draft pick infielder, praised for hitting ability, does decently in first taste of the majors, but then struggles for the next few years; gets sent back to the minors, switches to the OF, becomes a good defender. Gordon became an offensive asset in his age 27 year, which would be next year for Ackley.

  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    That was a great catch… if he can become a more consistent hitter he’ll be a real asset for them. He’s been hitting better as of late. Everyone doubted Seattle but they’re right in there this year. The AL West is stacked this year!

  5. moogro - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Great camera work.

  6. timmons94 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Ackley is very Gordon like. Appears to be hard on himself. More of a Bj surhoff type line drive hitter. I would not give up on this kid. One of the best catches u will ever see

  7. bigguy54 - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    This was by far the best catch he has made in the OF. He usually struggles when playing near or on the warning track. Time can cure that though. His biggest weakness is his throwing arm. When he has a runner at 3rd, he does not set up correctly, he camps under the ball, then takes 2 steps and one hops the ball in. He should be moving forward when he catches, and throw the ball sooner. With his lack of power, and poor arm, he needs to go to a team that needs someone at 2nd. If I were a team, I would take him over Franklin at 2nd, he is a better defender. It seems the move to 2nd got into his head, and he never recovered from it at the plate. maybe another team could fix it, and he could become the player he was supposed to be.

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