Found May 27, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
It looks like the Seattle Mariners are starting to feel the heat. After banishing Jesus Montero to AAA Tacoma this weekend, teammate Dustin Ackley will join him there. Taking Ackley's spot on the Mariners' roster is Nick Franklin, a top five prospect coming into the year for the Mariners. FIrst, we'll start with Ackley. He was the second overall pick in the 2009 Draft (behind a guy named Stephen Strasburg), and he made his major league debut for the Mariners in 2011. In that 90 game stint wtih Seattle, he showed flashes of stardom, hitting .273/.348/.417 with six homers, six stolen bases, and a double digit walk rate to go along with excellent defense at second base. In the two years since, the defense has remained, but the offense has fallen off a cliff. Last season, Ackley hit .226/.294/.328 in 153 games with 12 homers and 13 steals, and he bottomed out in 45 games this year, hitting a paltry .205/.266/.250 with one home run and one stolen base. The Mariners will l...
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