Ackley Rebounds After Slump

SEATTLE—Dustin Ackley could be on the fast track to the big leagues, maybe even by the end of the season.

The Mariners promoted Ackley, the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft, along with lefty Edward Paredes and righty Anthony Varvaro from Double-A West Tenn to Triple-A Tacoma.

After hitting over .400 in three college seasons at North Carolina, Ackley got off to a .186/.336/.284 start through May 11, but since then has rebounded nicely. With two solid months in Double-A, Ackley raised his overall numbers to .263/.389/.384 until his promotion.

Ackley was a center fielder and first baseman in college, but almost immediately he moved to second.

"It was a bad start, but then there have been two very good months," Mariners farm director Pedro Grifol said. "Not only did he go to a tough level, but he went as a second baseman, a position foreign to him. There's a lot going on with him, but in terms of development, when we look back, it was a really good thing that this kid faced the adversity he did.

"Everybody should face adversity in the minor leagues; you don't like to see a player having to face his first adversity in the big leagues. This kid faced it, and it was great to see the way he handled it, the way he was able to dig himself out of a big hole."

Asked if Ackley could move up to Seattle by season's end, Grifol backed off a bit.

"It is good to be patient,'' Grifol said. "Our job is not just to get him to Safeco Field. Our job is to get him there and keep him there. He's going to Triple-A because he's earned the right to go there. But there is still a lot to learn."


• In addition to Justin Smoak, the Mariners also got righthanders Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke and infielder Matt Lawson—all of whom reported to West Tenn—in the Cliff Lee trade.

• With Ackley promoted, shortstop Carlos Triunfel should get a little bit of playing time at second base in West Tenn.