GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 11: Dustin Ackley #13 of the Seattle Mariners fields a ground ball against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on March 11, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Two years after being the second overall selection in the 2009 Rule 4 Draft, Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley has been called up from AAA Tacoma. Here is the announcement from the Mariners twitter account:
The Mariners have recalled Dustin Ackley.
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Ackley will make his major league debut on Friday at home against the Phillies and play second base. At AAA Tacoma, he was hitting .300-.418-.487 with 9 HRs, 34 RBIs, 56 runs scored and 7 SBs in 10 attempts. Ackley has an excellent eye at the plate as he owns a 38-55 K/BB rate.
Some prospect experts questioned Ackley's ability to play second base in the big leagues, and in 65 games at AAA Tacoma, he made just 5 errors in the field and had a .982 fielding percentage. Here is Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik on his play at second base:
"All the reports are that the progress has been very satisfying," Zduriencik said. "The game up here is quicker and faster and until you give a guy a chance up here, you hope it'll continue. So we'll see. But we're real happy with what he's done. So here's his time and we'll see how it all falls into place."
Back in May, Humbled Fan gave Fake Teams readers his thoughts on Ackley in this excellent piece where he gave you his fantasy outlook:
If Ackley were to become what I think he can become over the next couple of seasons, I would probably rate him as as perhaps the 9th-12th best 2nd baseman in the game. (Not including other prospects)
2nd Base is deeper than it used to be. Cano, Kinsler, Weeks, Utley, Kendrick, Uggla, Phillips, and Zobrist just for starters. Then I think he's in the mix with Prado, Kelly Johnson, Walker, and Beckham. So much can change between now and 2012.
But will he be a good fantasy baseball player? Yes. Will he be elite? Less likely, but possible. His floor is very high and his ceiling, while high, is unlikely to be achieved. I think for a few seasons he could be very highly sought while at other times he won't be liked by fantasy owners when he's going through a slump unless that league counts walks.
Fantasy owners should go out and grab him if he is available and they have a need at second base or middle infield, as he should hit for a solid BA/OBP, score some runs and steal some bases. The Mariners offense is no juggernaut, but it would make sense for Ackley to hit at the top of their order.