Apparently it’s “bring up your top prospect” season. The San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals have done it over the past week, and now the Seattle Mariners appear ready to join the mix, as it looks like they will call-up second baseman Dustin Ackley early next week.
Ackley was the No. 2 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft behind Stephen Strasburg. The Mariners then inked him to a five-year Major League deal worth $7.5 million just minutes before the August 17 signing deadline. Ackley is almost unanimously considered Seattle’s top prospect and easily on of the top-10 prospects in baseball.
Since signing, the 23-year-old has raked his way through the minors. The North Carolina product is currently hitting .300 with nine home runs, 17 doubles and 34 RBI for Triple-A Tacoma. His numbers may not be eye-popping, but virtually every scout agrees that Ackley has the ability to be a future All-Star, and that his approach at the plate is fantastic.
For his 199 game minor league career, Ackley has posted a .279 batting average with 214 hits, 135 runs, 16 home runs, 85 RBI, 50 doubles and an .821 OPS. When you consider that he started off his professional career at Double-A and didn’t get to season himself feasting on short season, low-A, or high-A pitching those numbers look a whole lot better.
There were reports that Ackley had been called up on Tuesday but those proved to be false. He was not in the Triple-A lineup on Sunday, which likely means the big club wants to get the kid some rest before inserting him as the regular second baseman in Seattle.
The Mariners begin a three-game series with the Nationals next Tuesday and most people expect that will be the date Ackley arrives.