Found June 29, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
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Coming into the 2012 season, the Seattle Mariners expectations were to define rolls roles and to continue the development of its young core players like Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero, Michael Saunders, and Justin Smoak. Seager, Montero, and Saunders have exceeded expectations while Ackley and Smoak have been disappointments so far. Ackley is hitting .245 and is far from the panic that Smoak’s performance is flirting with. Smoak is hitting just .209 with a .271 OBG, 11 home runs and has 32 RBI’s.  He was projected as a cleanup hitter but currently is buried down in the order and now bats 7th. Time is running out for Smoak.  He has accumulated 1,038 major league at-bats and has a .223 career batting average. Generally, 1,000 plate appearances is a big enough sample size to forecast how well a player will hit in the majors. Smoak is a switch-hitter and each swing is different so the jury is still out on his career projections. The second half of the season is huge for...
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