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Dustin Ackley CFMariners

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 26)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
2 .254 0 0 0 0 .265 0.0
Birth Date2-26-1988
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age26 years, 7 months, 28 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2010
2.52011
0.42012
1.22013
1.62014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 SEA 23 90 376 333 39 91 16 7 6 139 40 79 0 3 0 36 6 0 .273 .348 .417 .296 25.0 -1.8 2.5
2012 SEA 24 153 668 607 84 137 22 2 12 199 59 124 0 1 1 50 13 3 .226 .294 .328 .243 6.0 -2.1 0.4
2013 SEA 25 113 427 384 40 97 18 2 4 131 37 72 1 1 4 31 2 3 .253 .319 .341 .251 8.9 2.0 1.2
2014 SEA 26 143 542 502 64 123 27 4 14 200 32 90 3 2 3 65 8 4 .245 .293 .398 .261 10.2 3.9 1.6
Career499201318262274488315366691683654781822910.245.309.366.25950.12.05.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2010 WTN AA 82 350 .287 .261 .336 .385 .264 .301 100 10.1 10.0 -1.4 -5.9 1.2 20.7 1.5 20.7 1.5
2010 TAC AAA 52 237 .291 .274 .348 .431 .264 .314 93 9.8 8.4 -0.4 -10.4 1.6 18.5 0.8 18.5 0.8
2011 SEA MLB 90 376 .296 .250 .311 .393 .255 .339 93 13.4 10.1 -0.6 -1.8 -0.5 25.0 2.5 25.0 2.5
2011 TAC AAA 66 331 .306 .286 .358 .447 .267 .324 98 18 10.3 -0.5 -4.4 -1.3 25.1 2.0 25.1 2.0
2012 SEA MLB 153 668 .243 .256 .318 .412 .263 .265 91 -11.5 18.3 -1.5 -2.1 3.2 6.0 0.4 6.0 0.4
2013 SEA MLB 113 427 .251 .249 .317 .391 .264 .301 95 -3.7 11.2 -0.1 2.0 1.8 8.9 1.2 8.9 1.2
2013 TAC AAA 25 126 .339 .290 .357 .447 .278 .409 101 10.8 3.6 -0.2 -1.7 0.5 15.5 1.4 15.5 1.4
2014 SEA MLB 143 542 .261 .252 .313 .387 .263 .273 92 0.4 14.0 -3.5 3.9 0.3 10.2 1.6 10.2 1.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 TAC AAA 237 37 58 12 4 5 23 20 38 2 1 .274 .342 .439 .165 .291 18.5 -10.4 0.8
2010 WTN AA 350 42 76 21 4 2 28 55 41 8 2 .263 .390 .384 .121 .287 20.7 -5.9 1.5
2011 TAC AAA 331 57 82 17 3 9 35 55 38 7 3 .303 .421 .487 .185 .306 25.1 -4.4 2.0
2011 SEA MLB 376 39 91 16 7 6 36 40 79 6 0 .273 .348 .417 .144 .296 25.0 -1.8 2.5
2012 SEA MLB 668 84 137 22 2 12 50 59 124 13 3 .226 .294 .328 .102 .243 6.0 -2.1 0.4
2013 TAC AAA 126 21 38 8 0 2 14 19 14 0 0 .365 .472 .500 .135 .339 15.5 -1.7 1.4
2013 SEA MLB 427 40 97 18 2 4 31 37 72 2 3 .253 .319 .341 .089 .251 8.9 2.0 1.2
2014 SEA MLB 542 64 123 27 4 14 65 32 90 8 4 .245 .293 .398 .153 .261 10.2 3.9 1.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2011 1569 0.5315 0.3884 0.8424 0.5168 0.2422 0.8979 0.7079 0.1576
2012 2664 0.5068 0.3970 0.8598 0.5363 0.2527 0.9061 0.7590 0.1402
2013 1721 0.4980 0.3866 0.8586 0.5391 0.2350 0.9091 0.7438 0.1414
2014 2045 0.5330 0.4333 0.8510 0.5679 0.2796 0.9144 0.7041 0.1490
Career79990.51640.40240.85390.54120.25370.90730.73170.1461

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-07 2014-09-12 DTD 5 4 Left Ankle Bone Spur -
2014-08-21 2014-08-22 DTD 1 0 - Low Back Stiffness -
2013-06-30 2013-07-02 DTD 2 1 Left Thumb Sprain - -
2012-10-04 2012-10-04 Off 0 0 Left Ankle Surgery Bone Spur 2012-10-04 -
2012-09-22 2012-09-25 DTD 3 2 - Neck Stiffness - -
2011-06-30 2011-07-03 DTD 3 2 Trunk Contusion Ribs -
2010-10-14 2010-10-20 WIN 6 0 Fingers Sprain Ring Finger -
2010-06-20 2010-06-23 Minors 3 0 Shoulder Soreness After Diving Catch -
2008-07-15 2008-07-15 Coll 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 SEA $1,700,000
2013 SEA $2,700,000
2012 SEA $2,100,000
2011 SEA $1,500,000
2010 SEA $1,600,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$7,900,000
2011Current$1,700,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$9,600,000
5 yrTotal$9,600,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 87 dScott Boras5 years/$7.5M (2010-14)

Details
  • 5 years/$7.5M (2010-14). Signed Major League contract with Seattle 8/17/09. $6M signing bonus (paid in five annual installments of $1.2M). 10:$0.4M, 11:$0.3M, 12:$0.2M, 13:$0.3M, 14:$0.3M. Salaries in majors: 10:$0.5M, 11:$0.6M, 12:$0.9M, 13:$1.5M, 14:$0.5M. If Ackley would otherwise be eligible for arbitration, he may void remainder of deal and go to arbitration.
  • Drafted by Seattle 2009 (1-2) (North Carolina)

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 581 68 147 28 4 11 61 63 98 8 3 .288 .364 .422 .296 34.2 LF 2, CF -2 3.7
80o 564 63 138 26 4 10 57 59 97 7 3 .276 .351 .405 .285 27.5 LF 2, CF -2 2.9
70o 552 61 132 25 4 10 55 56 96 7 3 .268 .342 .393 .278 22.8 LF 2, CF -2 2.4
60o 542 58 126 24 4 9 53 54 96 7 2 .261 .334 .382 .271 19.0 LF 2, CF -2 2.0
50o 532 56 120 23 3 9 51 52 95 7 2 .254 .326 .373 .265 15.5 LF 2, CF -2 1.6
40o 522 54 115 22 3 8 49 49 94 6 2 .248 .319 .363 .259 12.1 LF 2, CF -2 1.3
30o 512 52 110 21 3 8 47 47 94 6 2 .241 .310 .353 .252 8.7 LF 2, CF -2 0.9
20o 500 49 105 20 3 8 45 45 93 6 2 .233 .301 .341 .244 4.8 LF 2, CF -2 0.5
10o 483 46 97 18 3 7 42 41 91 5 2 .222 .288 .325 .234 -0.4 LF 1, CF -2 -0.1
Weighted Mean53456121233951529572.256.328.375.26616.1LF 2, CF -21.7

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 51% 9% 15% 98%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20152754261116233115453956.241.315.368.2561.311.90.8-1.314.9-2.5-0.0
201628607701322731160661077.247.330.368.2621.715.20.9-1.714.91.1-0.1
201729621691332631059621076.241.318.356.2521.09.10.8-1.914.9-4.8-0.1
201830591661312631056581065.246.320.360.2531.09.60.8-2.014.9-4.2-0.0
201931613681322631059611104.242.320.358.2541.09.70.8-2.214.9-3.9-0.1
202032578641192421054601083.233.313.346.2500.87.20.7-2.214.9-6.2-0.0
20213360867126233956641132.235.317.344.2470.65.60.8-2.514.9-7.6-0.1
202234635691292431058651241.230.310.338.2430.32.91.0-2.814.9-10.2-0.1
20233563267131253855631240.232.308.328.2390.10.51.1-3.014.9-12.5-0.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
35.745.13124.622.526.1158.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 84 Gordon Beckham 2013 .260
2 84 Ian Kinsler 2008 .293
3 83 Willy Aybar 2009 .258
4 82 Jemile Weeks 2013 .170
5 81 Asdrubal Cabrera 2012 .265
6 81 Daniel Descalso 2013 .243
7 80 Martin Prado 2010 .296
8 80 Aaron Hill 2008 .249
9 80 Roberto Alomar 1994 .288
10 79 Neil Walker 2012 .283
11 79 Blake DeWitt 2012 .157
12 79 Lastings Milledge 2011 .269
13 78 Andy LaRoche 2010 .218
14 78 Logan Forsythe 2013 .234
15 78 Jason Kipnis 2013 .309
16 77 Jacoby Ellsbury 2010 .182
17 77 Stephen Drew 2009 .262
18 77 Marcus Giles 2004 .293
19 77 Kelly Johnson 2008 .277
20 76 Sal Bando 1970 .314
21 76 Denard Span 2010 .240
22 76 Matt Murton 2008 .159
23 76 Chris Coghlan 2011 .248
24 76 Kevin Frandsen 2008 -.003
25 76 Rickie Weeks 2009 .297
26 76 Howie Kendrick 2010 .260
27 76 James Loney 2010 .269
28 76 George Brett 1979 .325
29 76 Joe Morgan 1970 .286
30 76 Yunel Escobar 2009 .282
31 76 Ryan Sweeney 2011 .256
32 75 Everth Cabrera 2013 .280
33 75 Jose Reyes 2009 .271
34 75 Dexter Fowler 2012 .278
35 75 J.J. Hardy 2009 .231
36 75 Gerardo Parra 2013 .257
37 75 Francisco Cervelli 2012 .278
38 75 Ian Desmond 2012 .286
39 75 Kurt Suzuki 2010 .236
40 75 Jose Lopez 2010 .216
41 75 Bill Madlock 1977 .273
42 74 John Valentin 1993 .270
43 74 Robinson Cano 2009 .280
44 74 Chris Getz 2010 .211
45 74 Hank Blalock 2007 .292
46 74 Tim Raines 1986 .312
47 74 Dustin Pedroia 2010 .283
48 74 Desmond Jennings 2013 .287
49 74 Edgardo Alfonzo 2000 .330
50 74 Andre Ethier 2008 .315
51 74 Miguel Montero 2010 .263
52 74 Michael Brantley 2013 .271
53 74 Oscar Gamble 1976 .286
54 74 Jason Castro 2013 .305
55 74 Chipper Jones 1998 .327
56 74 Bill Doran 1984 .266
57 74 Mike Andrews 1970 .255
58 74 Mike Hargrove 1976 .300
59 74 Floyd Robinson 1962 .306
60 74 Ronny Cedeno 2009 .206
61 73 Tim Teufel 1985 .262
62 73 Wally Joyner 1988 .292
63 73 Melky Cabrera 2011 .280
64 73 Brandon Crawford 2013 .247
65 73 Conor Jackson 2008 .287
66 73 Russ Adams 2007 .251
67 73 Edwin Encarnacion 2009 .249
68 73 Danny Espinosa 2013 .178
69 73 Robin Ventura 1994 .290
70 73 Al Kaline 1961 .324
71 73 Kevin Seitzer 1988 .291
72 73 Casey Kotchman 2009 .260
73 73 Angel Pagan 2008 .274
74 73 Minnie Minoso 1952 .323
75 73 Alexi Casilla 2011 .252
76 73 Carl Taylor 1970 .268
77 73 Erick Aybar 2010 .235
78 73 Bobby Grich 1975 .306
79 73 Willie Randolph 1981 .257
80 73 Wade Boggs 1984 .293
81 72 Roy White 1970 .322
82 72 Elijah Dukes 2010 .000 DNP
83 72 Jhonny Peralta 2008 .271
84 72 Daniel Murphy 2011 .285
85 72 Justin Smoak 2013 .281
86 72 Josh Barfield 2009 .291
87 72 Travis Buck 2010 .197
88 72 Luis Valbuena 2012 .237
89 72 Jose Vidro 2001 .284
90 72 Rich Rollins 1964 .269
91 72 Puddin Head Jones 1952 .277
92 72 Daric Barton 2012 .247
93 72 Joe Cunningham 1958 .335
94 72 Mark Grace 1990 .284
95 72 Sean Burroughs 2007 .000 DNP
96 72 Alex Gordon 2010 .241
97 72 Russell Martin 2009 .255
98 72 Troy Tulowitzki 2011 .306
99 71 Gary Sheffield 1995 .353
100 71 Mark Carreon 1990 .296

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .250 .315 .353 .264
11 vs R (Multi) .242 .311 .340 .251
18 Split (Multi) -.009 -.004 -.013 -.013
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .259 .325 .339 .274
31 vs R (2013) .250 .317 .342 .250
38 Split (2013) -.009 -.009 .003 -.024
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 On the surface, Ackley followed up a good year with a bad year, but that’s not the whole story: He batted a paltry .242/.327/.311 after July 4, 2011, which makes his 2012 line look like less of a plot twist and more like the plot. Patience, one of Ackley’s nicer attributes, is erroneously seen as a toggle-type skill, but young players often need to refine their patience to make it usable. Ackley’s shows up in called third strikes and a stubborn refusal to adapt to umpires’ strike zones. It’s better to start with the eye and learn to deploy it than have no eye at all, though: Ackley’s approach could still turn into a weapon. He’s a clean defender, his speed plays well in games, and the power—10 home runs on the road—suggests a pretty good fantasy second baseman, if not a superstar, is going to come out of this package.
2012 They say you're never as good as you look when you're going well, or as bad as you look in a slump. During Ackley's first two months in Seattle, he hit like Chase Utley: loads of walks, few strikeouts, power to all fields, and a .245 isolated power boosting his overall line to .315/.377/.559 on July 3. Then came the adjustment period and a .242/.327/.311 line the rest of the way. Baseball is, after all, just a bunch of good at bats and a bunch of bad at bats, averaging out to a career. Ackley's overall season line is a good guess for what the next 16 years will hold, but he'll top that line if he continues to develop power. Ackley keeps his weight back better than he did when he was drafted as a front-foot hitter, and his power numbers had improved at every stop before his summer slump in Seattle. "My mindset when I get up there," he told a reporter this summer, "is I want to hit a home run every pitch."
2011 In his first professional season, Ackley didn’t hit much like a second overall pick, but he recovered from a frightening .147/.289/.227 April in time to remind the Mariners of why they’d drafted him. His sweet lefty swing didn’t do much damage against same-handed pitchers, but even while struggling to learn a new position, Ackley walked more often than he struck out in the Southern League, offering a glimpse of the discipline and contact skills that have scouts sold on his future as a .300 average/.400 on-base percentage hitter. It’s not yet clear what lies in store for Ackley’s third slash stat, since he hasn’t mustered much power with a wood bat, but he did lead the Arizona Fall League (AFL) in on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) by a wide margin. Of course, the list of those who slugged in the AFL is long and littered with hitters who never showed much pop elsewhere, but we’ll likely see Ackley in Seattle at some point this season.
2010 The second overall pick in the 2009 draft, Ackley has the ability to rocket through the system and to make his pro debut as early as this year. His combination of plate discipline, bat speed, and hand-eye coordination has scouts projecting him as a .300 hitter with a .400 on-base percentage annually, and you can throw plus-plus speed into the package as well. There is plenty of debate about his power, but given everything else he does well, power might just be gravy. Limited to first base in college because of arm problems, Ackley looked good in the outfield during his pro debut in the Arizona Fall League, and that's where his future lies.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-06-17 20:00:00 (link to chat)We in Canada have only been drafting Rule IV guys right after their June draft since 2009. That was the Dustin Ackley - Aaron Crow class in the American League. We've been drafting about 3 or 4 of them every June's first round ever since. It is too soon to say how many of them were a worthwhile pick. If Bryon Buxton turns out as good as expected that will make up for a long list of duds who didn't bring significant value. With your experience, can you quantify how worthwhile it has been to jump on these top picks right away?
(John Carter from T.O.)
Since so many of the superstars in Scoresheet are first acquired in the supplemental that follows the MLB rule IV draft, we advocate grabbing as many of those lottery tickets as possible. You can keep the superstars indefinitely, so you don't have to be successful too often for it to be worthwhile taking those chances with supplemental picks. In some leagues, it's the only way you're going to end up with a player of that caliber, like Strasburg, Harper, Longoria, Tulowitzki, etc. In almost leagues, it's a great way to build up your keepers. We once said that in general you should trade for keepers and draft for depth, and the ability to pick up these potential superstars in a supplemental draft is the most obvious exception to that particular phrase. (Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Bret, besides Joe Mauer -- who is ending up on your team a lot this season? cheers, k
(Kurt from Tacoma)
Alex Gordon always winds up on a bunch of my teams. Same with Albert Pujols. Then in the later rounds, Martin Perez, Dustin Ackley and Derek Norris (where applicable). (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dustin Ackley. This is the year he puts it all together, right?
(Frank from Seattle)
It could be. Again, we can't base anything off of what he does this spring, but its better than him hitting .150 all March, right? There's something to be said for settling into a spot on the field and just worrying about hitting. It worked for Alex Gordon after his initial struggles when he moved to the outfield. Ackley was learning a new position while trying to get to the majors. Not easy. Maybe he just needed to be left alone to hit. Who knows. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)Dustin Ackley or Chris Owings which has the better upside at the plate.
(Jim from Tampa)
I like Owings better, at least relative to the stands of his position. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-07-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Dustin Ackley as a quality MLB outfielder in the future? Even if he can field the position, will he ever hit enough?
(Jim from Seattle)
Same thing as Jesus Montero. When you're not hitting enough for the difficult position you actually are playing, you're not hitting nearly enough for an easier position that requires more bat to provide the same value.

I never liked when teams talked about moving their struggling guys down the defensive spectrum to add versatility. That's just making it more difficult for the bat to carry the position. (Zachary Levine)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should Dustin Ackley be worried about Nick Franklin's hot start in AAA?
(John from My desk)
At this point, Dustin Ackley should probably be worried about both Nick Franklin and Brad Miller. I really liked Ackley a lot coming up, but I wasn't alone there. While he's still 25, it sure doesn't look pretty. I haven't been the biggest Nick Franklin guy, but I do think he'd hit better than .226/.294/.328 in a full season right now. The only question is when you decide to pull the trigger on a potential move if Ackley keeps struggling. Don't forget, he was actually pretty good in 2011, but 2012 and the start of 2013 have been ugly. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)How worried should we be about Jason Kipnis? Other waiver wire or buy low 2B to target if he is seriously injured?
(RC from PDX)
See! You could probably get Jeff Keppinger for a song right now, and he should turn it around. Also, I'd be buying low on Dustin Ackley if you could. His owner is probably super frustrated with him right about now. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think is best for the rest of this year at 2B: Dustin Ackley, Josh Rutledge, or Daniel Murphy?
(nubber from tx)
Ackley. Still think he's the most talented out of that group. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should Dustin Ackley's fantasy owners cut bait on him? Should the Mariners?
(Dan from NYC)
Thanks for the question, Dan. I'm one of those people who don't even look at April stats. If he was good enough in spring, he's good enough now. The situation bears monitoring, but we need more than 12 games to make that call. (Geoff Young)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Geoff, What do you think the Mariners' infield looks like for most of the season?
(captnamerca from Dunedin)
Howdy Captain. I'm assuming it'll be similar to last year's, with Kendrys Morales displacing Justin Smoak at first base. Nick Franklin could make things interesting at second if Dustin Ackley doesn't get his act together. (Geoff Young)
2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jay, After reading Jason Park's piece on Smoak, I was curious if you thought any of his struggles (and Montero's) were in part due the hitting coach. I realize Smoak has major issues, but the fact that the Mariners have made no progress in helping to resolve them, coupled with Montero's regression, makes me wonder. Is it too late to send Montero down in order to stop running the clock while he's hitting at a replacement level? Should they get him to learn 1B at AAA?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
Hey Nick, I wonder about the quality of instruction the young hitters are receiving in Seattle - note that Dustin Ackley is struggling as well (.240/.319/.332). I believe that old friend Chris Chambliss is currently the hitting coach, the third one in four or five seasons (http://blog.seattlepi.com/marinersfanblog/2011/07/06/revolving-door-mariner-hitting-coach/). Maybe his approach just isn't working for the kids.

That said, Safeco Field is a very tough place to hit, and I don't know whether there are weather/climate factors that have made it particularly tough this year beyond what we might have expected. Veterans like Ichiro have seen their performances collapse, Chone Figgins has never been the same since he hit town, and the road is littered with failed Mariners prospects. Maybe they need to think about adjusting the fences slightly to make it an easier place to hit.

I do think the Mariners should send Montero down at some point in order to recover what may be a lost year from an arbitration/free agency standpoint. That said, Safeco is a particularly tough environment for righties. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)I need to choose between Dustin Ackley, Jason Kipnis and Jemile Weeks as a long-term option at 2B in my Strat-o-matic league. Which of these guys has the most long-term value? I'm worried about Kipnis and/or Ackley moving to the outfield down the road.
(Danny from NC)
I'd go with Ackley, he appears to be the most complete player of the three, and as best I can tell the Mariners seem committed to him at 2B. He's a much greater asset there than he would be in an outfield corner. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the better bet long-term at 2B: Dustin Ackley, Jemile Weeks or Jason Kipnis?
(Desmond from Jersey)
I'd gladly take any of the above and smile the grandest of smiles. Forced to rank, I'd go: Ackley, Kipnis, Weeks. (Jason Parks)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)SP keepers! The stats are the usual stats (ERA, K, WHIP, wins, etc.) The guys are: James Shields, Josh Beckett, CJ Wilson, Ervin Santana. Do I have them in the right order? (Might keep 2, but probably only 1 while hoarding young 2Bs like Jemile Weeks & Dustin Ackley.) Thanks!
(David R. from Somewhere, USA)
Yes, you do have them in the right order, though I think there's a drop-off from Beckett to Wilson and that Beckett is a bit underrated this year. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Dustin Ackley and Mike Moustakas will have effective enough traditional 5 category numbers to be solid starters at their positions in a deep 11 team keeper league? Very encouraging late 2011 numbers by both guys.
(Honey Badger from NYC)
Honey Badger don't give a shat... Ok, out of my system... If that's a mixed league, they might be solid enough, but they're not guys I'd be thrilled to have starting for me in 2012 in a 5x5, 11-team mixed league. I'd rather have Moustakas than Ackley for 2012, though. (Derek Carty)
2011-11-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you evaluate the following young 2B in terms of long-term fantasy value?: Jemile Weeks, Jason Kipnis, Dustin Ackley.
(Steve from Pitt)
Kipnis, Weeks, Ackley (Derek Carty)
2011-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)When does Dustin Ackley's stock start dropping? Doesn't he actually have to produce at some point?
(Geo from work)
Seriously, you people read what I write, correct? (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy question. I am in a deep 20 team league with 5 keepers per season. Looking at 2nd baseman strictly for this season, who would be more valuable, Dustin Ackley or Sean Rodriguez. And looking at it from a more long term perspective, Ackley, Christian Colon, Grant Green (assuming he moves to 2nd) or Rodriguez,
(kcroyalsguy from KC)
I'd go with Sean Rodriguez. Better team. Ackley won't get called up until June, and I think Ackley's value lies more in his secondary skills than standard 5x5 stats. Long-term, out of those guys it absolutely has to be Ackley, no? He just projects to be a different caliber of player. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dustin Ackley seems to be one of the more controversial prospects out there. What's your take on him? Has Kipnis surpassed him among 2B prospects? Is Ackley a 2B in the end?
(Rob from Alaska)
I have an article coming out tomorrow on the Mariners system, with a lengthy Ackley report. (Jason Parks)
2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the 1st overall pick in this years draft out of a 16 team, H2H, 7 holdover league. I'm debating over which minors prospect might be the best one to select. I'm currently looking at: Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Mike Moustakas, Dustin Ackley, Julio Teheran. I also realize that some of these are obviously closer to the Majors than others, or should that not be my only requirement?
(Bill from New York)
I'm far from the fantasy expert here, having given that up years ago (too much of a good thing), and you don't need Kevin Goldstein to tell you those are all great prospects. Harper is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of talent, but obviously he has no real track record as of yet. I love Trout because of his range of skills and would probably go for him just on that basis even if you won't see him for awhile, and I figure Ackley to be the most speculative of the bunch. Moustakas is probably the safest short-term play, even though I'm certain that the Royals will delay/screw up/botch his promotion in some way. They'll probably block him by luring Ruben Sierra out of retirement, or something like that. (Steven Goldman)
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)How do Dustin Ackley and Jason Kipnis match up as far as tools, projection and upside?
(Mike from Cleveland)
I've asked this exact question myself and it's one I'm struggling with. There is the whole reputation vs. results quandry. Ackley is faster, should be a better hitter, but Kipnis HAS been the better hitter, and has a much more successful conversion to the infield. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are the reports on Dustin Ackley at the quarterpole? His early season flop seems to be behind him, though he's still not playing as everyone seemed to assume he would.
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
He has two hits in his last five games. You sure he's out of it? I'm quite concerned. I've talked the three scouts who have seen him. Every time I've expected something like "He's fine, just hitting balls right at guys and pressing.". But I'm not getting that. I'm getting reports with a lot of questions about his game. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some of the early favorites for Minor League Player of the Year?
(scarlisle17 from Carrollton, TX)
Mike Stanton, Dustin Ackley, Christain Friedrich . . . (Kevin Goldstein)


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