The Seattle Mariners signed Dustin Ackley to a minor league deal today. This helps the Mariners in their quest for the number one overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft. The deal is not official as of writing this. An anonymous source broke the news to the Associated Press.
One would not expect the former number two pick from the 2009 MLB draft to make it out of Triple-A Tacoma at all this year. That is unless there is a rash of injuries to the Mariners at the outfield positions or middle infield. The Maries do have guys like Mallex Smith and Domingo Sanchez flanking Mitch Haniger in the outfield this year. There might be a chance Dustin Ackley sees the grass at T-Mobile (that’s going to take a while to get used to) field in 2019.
Ackley came into the organization touted as one of the most complete hitters to ever come out of the college ranks. Many projected him a sure-fire star at the Major League level. Sadly, he was drafted by the Mariners. In 2009 and 2010 Ackley had a couple good years in the minors. In 2011 he made his MLB debut and had a great rookie season (hitting .273).
It went downhill after that. The next few seasons he batted a disappointing .240 combined. As a result in his drop in production, in 2015 he was shipped off to the New York Yankees where he appeared in only 51 games over two years. The past two seasons were spent hanging out in Utah with the Angels’ Triple-A squad.
The only reason I can think for this move is to show J.P. Crawford up close what a draft bust looks like and for him to do the exact opposite of everything Ackley does. There Mariners do have a long history of sucking. From everything we’ve seen with this organization, sucking is contagious. Will Ackley even make it out of Spring Training? Moreover, does he have anything left in his tank? He did hit .286 in Salt Lake last year. Maybe he has something left. Maybe not. We have to see what is next with this team.