By Evan Brunell
The No. 2 overall pick of the 2009 draft in Dustin Ackley is on the verge of a promotion to the Mariners, where he will play second base.
And that's a position written in stone. Ackley hasn't received favorable reviews for his play at second, with many speculating he could be moved to left field as soon as immediately given the struggles of Seattle left fielders.
Not happening, says GM Jack Zduriencik to the Seattle Times. "We view Ackley as our second baseman going forward,'' he said.
Ackley is hitting .292/.400/.475 for Triple-A and would immediately inject some offense into the flagging team that currently has Adam Kennedy manning second. Kennedy has actually been solid on the year so far, with a .285/.317/.438 line, so there was some thought that Kennedy could move to left. Again, no dice. Kennedy is a platoon player who plays only against right-handers, and has only 13 career games in the outfield, being used strictly for emergency purposes.
While the Mariners could ask Kennedy to play more often in the outfield, it wouldn't be more than once a week, as Zduriencik said, so Kennedy's not the answer in the outfield. The Mariners will attempt to keep his bat in the lineup by phasing Ackley in with part-time duty, as well as using Kennedy at the other infield positions when the incumbent starters need a day off.
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