It’s about time.
The Mariners have called up Dustin Ackley from AAA Tacoma. Backup infielder Luis Rodriguez was optioned to Tacoma to make room for Ackley on the big league roster. The second base prospect hit .300/.418/.487 for the Rainiers in 65 games. Most Mariners fan believe his bat makes him a perennial all-star. Only time will tell, but without a doubt, people are excited that he is finally with the big league club.
The former 2009 second overall draft pick is expected to make his first major league start at second base on Friday against Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies. Baseball America ranked him the No. 12 prospect in the major leagues before the season started.
Second baseman Jack Wilson will obviously see a decrease in playing time, but he was never starter material anyways. Ackley will not be an everyday starter and might struggle early on, but hopefully he adjusts early and starts to produce. He could be the extra offensive boost the Mariners have struggled to find all season long.