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Mr. Ackley isn’t ready, but he’s not far off

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2010 at 6:17 am with 1 Comment »
February 26, 2010 6:22 am
 
Dustin Ackley

Dustin Ackley knows he isn’t fighting for a job on the Seattle Mariners opening day roster –  he’s still trying to figure out just exactly how this second-base gig works.

“I’m playing a new position for the first time and there’s a lot I’m learning involved,” Ackley said Thursday. “I’m trying to learn how my teammates throw to second base – one third baseman’s ball might sail a little, one might cut in – and I have to learn how to take them at second base.

“From Little League through high school and college, I’ve probably played every position on the field except second base. I played first and shortstop and third base and outfield, I’ve pitched and caught. I just never played second base – and I still haven’t in a game

 “Getting the footwork and glove work down, I’m learning as I go.

The Mariners couldn’t be happier with his progress and they’ll almost certainly start their top ’09 draft pick in Class AA in April. How long he stays there is anyone’s guess – but it probably won’t be a full season

“I know I’m not ready now. My job is to be ready when an opportunity comes,” he said

Ackley can hit, and the Mariners know it. Once he’s comfortable playing second base, there may well be an opening for him in Seattle. If the Mariners could find a trading partner for Jose Lopez, moving Chone Figgins back to third and putting Ackley at second might improve the defense and the offense.

But that’s a discussion for later his summer, not spring.

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  1. SharkHawk says:

    Why the excitement to move him to second? Is it because of his weak arm? He seems like he could be a good left fielder, but is his range any better than Lopez? Is Figgings more important at 2nd or at 3rd? I thought we wanted Figgins at 2nd because of his range, and that was why Lopez was moving to 3rd. Now they want Figgins at 3rd? I don’t quite get it? Why not put Ackley at first? Is he too small?

    Is he destined to be a DH? What is really going on with this guy? Do they see him as Craig Biggio and so they are trying to make him a 2nd baseman because that’s where the TEAM has a need, rather than that is where he is best at playing? I am a bit confused I guess. He was a good 1B in college and was a good CF before that arm issue. Of course CF and RF are taken…. but if he’s such a great hitter then why would Milton Bradley be standing in his way as a long term solution at LF? Just let him play there and sort of jump him around until that spot opens up. St. Louis did that with Pujols and eventually just figured they needed him on the field and stopped trying to make him fit their needs and put him where he would be the best, because he stunk at OF and 3B.

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