Your Dustin Ackley Expectations

This M's/White Sox game is stupid so I'm going to ignore it for the time being.

Any day now, the Mariners are going to call up Dustin Ackley. One could argue that they should have already. But while they haven't, they're going to, and they're going to soon. Why? I don't know if you remember Ackley's miserable April, but he's pulled his batting line all the way up to .302/.420/.492. On the one hand, that OPS is 150 points worse than Mike Carp's, but on the other, it's 100 points higher than the team and league average. Ackley's shown some power, he has 16 more walks than strikeouts, and as Mike Curto told me this morning, he's riding a streak of 30 consecutive games without an error. He's ready. Dustin Ackley is no longer learning much in the PCL.

For me, I can't remember ever feeling so confident about a position player prospect. As much as I loved, say, Jeff Clement and Michael Saunders, there were always questions, questions that I don't think are there so much with Ackley. Everything about him just reads like he's a Major League hitter on a minor league team. I feel sure - comfortably sure, irrationally sure - that, even when he first comes up, he is at the very least going to hold his own and make some kind of positive contribution.

But I want to see whether this confidence extends to the community, and if so, to what degree. Let's operate under the assumption that Ackley is up within a week or two, and is given regular playing time.

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