Mariners promote last year's No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley to Triple-A


It’s apparently “promote a former No. 2 overall pick to Triple-A” day.
First the Royals moved 2007 second pick Mike Moustakas to Triple-A and now the Mariners have done the same with 2009 second pick Dustin Ackley.
Moustakas pretty much forced the promotion by hitting .347 with 46 extra-base hits and a 1.100 OPS in 66 games at Double-A, but Ackley’s numbers are a whole lot less impressive. Selected out of the University of North Carolina one spot after Stephen Stasburg in last year’s draft, Ackley hit .263/.389/.384 in 82 games at Double-A.
Those numbers certainly don’t scream out promotion, particularly since this is Ackley’s first professional season and starting him at Double-A was plenty aggressive anyway, but it’s worth noting that he’s been very good since getting off to a brutally slow start.
Ackley hit just .147 in April while making the transition to second base, but has reportedly held his own at the new position defensively and is batting .304 with 22 extra-base hits and more walks (42) than strikeouts (27) since May 1.
As many people predicted would be the case for Ackley coming out of college he’s shown limited power with just two homers in 289 at-bats, but he’s also lived up to the expectations of a high-average left-handed hitter with outstanding on-base skills. If the Mariners can find a taker for Jose Lopez, the path could be cleared for Ackley to take over at second base next season with Chone Figgins sliding back to third base.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.