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The Golden Sombrero’s Top 50 Prospects: #3 – Dustin Ackley (Video)

# 3 Dustin Ackley – Seattle Mariners


DOB: 2-26-1988

ETA: 2011

Ackley resurrected his status as the game’s top MIF prospect this fall after a fairly pedestrian 2010 season across two stops (Double-A and Triple-A) by posting a .424/.581/.758 slash line in the Arizona Fall League.  After a line of .267/.368/.407 in 501 AB’s in the high Minors, Ackley’s utter torching of AFL pitching should land him the everyday 2B job in Seattle to open the season.

After a brilliant career at the University of North Carolina, Ackley was the second overall draft pick in 2009 behind some guy named Stephen Strasburg, and later signed for a massive $6 million.  Ackley’s bat is the finest MIF bat in the Minors today, and he couples a plus-plus hit tool ranking with excellent strike-zone discipline.  He is the best baserunner in the Mariners system and he should be able to stay at second base despite having below average hands in the field.

Ackley has true All-Star upside at a relatively thin position, and his bat and eye should allow him to stay in the game for a decade.  The baseball world is very glad that Ackley was able to silence his doubters in Arizona a couple of months ago, and of the top 3 prospects, Ackley is the only one who will see significant Big League playing time in 2011.

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