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13 Dustin Ackley LF
Height/Weight: 6-1/194 | Birthdate: 2/26/1988 | Birthplace: Winston-Salem, NC | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Seattle | College: North Carolina | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $1,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 27/15 | Average Draft Position: 223.41
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Dustin Ackley benched for Saturday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley has hit better against left-handers than righties this season, but he is out of the lineup Saturday against White Sox southpaw Jose Quintana.

Ackley, who is 1 for 5 lifetime facing Quintana, owns a .274 batting average against lefties this season. But Willie Bloomquist is set to start at his position.


Dustin Ackley starts off July with much-needed three-hit game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley totaled three hits Tuesday at Houston, putting an end to a 0-for-20 slump in his previous seven games.

"It's just about getting yourself to the point where you step to the plate and you don't have to worry where your hands are or where this or that is," Ackley said, per MLB.com. "You are just up there, relaxed and comfortable. That's the big thing. When it comes down to it, it's more mental than anything. When you step up there and you don't quite feel right or don't have that confidence, it's hard to get a hit. When you are up there feeling good and relaxed, it takes all those other things away.

"To feel good and have the results to go behind it is pretty big. That's just kind of the day I needed, to be honest with you."

Ackley had a pretty rough June, batting .165 in 25 games. Though, manager Lloyd McClendon has given no indication he plans to remove Ackley from the starting lineup.

"We need him to be productive for us to continue to be successful," McClendon said. "It's really remarkable we've had the run we've had and he hasn't done much. We need him to step it up and pick up his production."


Dustin Ackley a no-go Saturday against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) A matchup against Texas left-hander Joe Saunders has Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley grabbing some pine Saturday night.

Ackley owns a respectable .242 batting average against southpaws this season, but is hitless in four at-bats lifetime against Saunders.


Dustin Ackley sitting against Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley is out of the lineup again against a left-hander Friday night in Tampa Bay. He will not play with Erik Bedard on the mound.

Ackley is batting .300 lifetime against Bedard.


Dustin Ackley not in lineup against Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley boasts a superior batting average against lefties, but he is set to sit Wednesday afternoon against Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor.

Ackley has just seven hits in his last 45 at-bats and has not recorded a multi-hit game since May 20. He has not homered since May 11.


Is it time yet to buy into Dustin Ackley?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) I wrote in last week's Waiver Wire column that I would like to see Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley keep the baseball in the park more than bash it out, as it would be a better sign of him reaching his full potential since the scouts always questioned his home run power. Well, it seems I might have to start warming up to the idea Ackley could actually be capable of going on a breakout run.

Since he homered in back-to-back games May 10-11, Ackley has gone homerless in his last six games. However, he is still slugging .409 in that span thanks to one triple and two doubles. 

Don't get the wrong idea. It would be great if Ackley would develop into a home run hitter since it would really elevate his value and it's a stat all Fantasy owners would like to have in their lineups, including myself. But I'd rather see Ackley be a .300 hitter with moderate power than a .200 hitter who strikes out a lot and has 20-homer power.

And again, the scouts were more enamored with Ackley's contact rate and ability to hit to all fields than his potential home run power, so if Ackley starts developing into that hitter, then maybe he can live up to the enormous potential that followed him out of college.


Dustin Ackley's power surge continues with first multi-HR game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) After homering on Saturday, Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley continued to swing a hot bat on Sunday, amassing his first career multi-home run game in a 9-7 defeat to Kansas City.

Ackley launched a solo home run in the third and another in the fourth. It was his third home run in as many at-bats, dating back to Saturday. He added a single and finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI. He is hitting .264 with four homers and 16 RBI in 106 at-bats.


Dustin Ackley's promising start a distant memory


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) It's been a quick decline for Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley following a promising start to the season.

Ackley hit .308 (12 for 39) with a .513 slugging percentage, .854 OPS, one triple, one home run, three doubles, six RBI and seven runs in his first 10 games. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to keep up the offensive pace.

Ackley is batting just .205 with a .231 slugging percentage, .487 OPS, one double, five RBI, five runs and 12 strikeouts in his last 14 games (10 starts).


Brad Miller back in second spot despite slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) The flip-flop of Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller in the Wednesday lineup got the Mariners was intended to reinstate the latter into the second spot despite his slump.

Miller doubled in the eighth inning Tuesday for his first hit since April 17. But Lloyd McClendon claims optimism that he can regain the form that made him one of the hottest hitters in the game in spring training.

"Hopefully he's over the hump and back on course again," McClendon told MLB.com.


Dustin Ackley takes dive in Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Struggling left fielder Dustin Ackley was dropped in the batting order Wednesday as the Mariners seek to avoid a sweep at the hands of lowly Houston.

Ackley will bat eighth after going hitless in his last 11 at-bats over three games to lower his batting average to .246. He has six strikeouts in the last two games after fanning just eight times in his first 61 at-bats.


Dustin Ackley registers fifth multi-hit game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley enjoyed his fifth multi-hit game of the season Thursday afternoon against the Rangers.

Ackley singled in the second inning and doubled in two runs in the third inning. He finished 2 for 4 with two RBI in an 8-6 defeat. He is hitting .294/.333/.471 with one home run and nine RBI in 51 at-bats.

Dustin Ackley goes 3 for 4 in win Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs in his team's 6-4 win over the A's Friday.

It was the first three-hit game of the season for Ackley, who was just 3 for 24 in his previous six games after beginning the season 4 for 7. He has hit .286/.324/.486 with one home run and six RBI in 35 at-bats.


Dustin Ackley smacks first homer of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley enjoyed another productive game at the plate on Saturday, launching his first home run of the season in a 3-1 win over the A's in Oakland.

Ackley took starter Dan Straily deep for a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. He is hitting .300 (6 for 20) with one home run and six RBI through five games.

Dustin Ackley opens season with three-RBI outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley capped off a six-run ninth inning with a three-run triple during a 10-3 win in Monday's season opener against the Angels. Ackley finished 2 for 4 with one walk and one run.

Ackley stayed hot in the opener after a strong performance this spring. He hit. 382 with a .603 slugging percentage, 1.011 OPS, one triple, two home runs, seven doubles, 11 runs and 16 RBI in 24 spring games.


Dustin Ackley stays scorching-hot against Giants


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley continued to roll in the exhibition season on Saturday. He slugged three hits in four at-bats to raise his average to .500. He hit a triple in the defeat of San Francisco to raise his team-high total of extra-base hits to five.

Ackley is seeking to rebound from a miserable 2013 in which he batted .253 with just four home runs and earned a demotion to the minors.


Dustin Ackley has good 'mindset' heading into 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley said he's in a good frame of mind heading into the 2014 season, according to The Seattle Times.

"I’ve told people, I don’t care how good your swing is, if you’re thinking about stuff, and if your mind’s not 100 percent all in to what you’re doing, you’re not going to be successful," he said. "That’s pretty much a good example of me last year. My swing, it might have been a good swing, but my mind wasn’t right, and that’s really what screwed me up."

Ackley's offensive struggles last season earned him a demotion to the minors, but he was pleased with how he responded, which included a .304 average and .809 OPS in the second half once he was recalled.

"It was definitely a frustrating year for sure, overall," he said. "But I felt like what I did in the second half, and getting back to things how it used to feel and getting that mindset I needed was really important.

"It took a long time to figure out how to do that, and realize it’s not really my swing, it’s all in my head. A lot of it is a mental approach to hitting. That was really the separator for me."


Dustin Ackley to see time in left


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley will likely play left field this season, according to ESPN 710 AM.

Manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't see Ackley competing for the job in center field. Ackley made the conversion to the outfield last season, and it looks like he'll remain there. Ackley hit .253/.319/.341 in 384 at-bats last year.


'No traction' with Yankees and Dustin Ackley


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) There is "no traction" to the rumors involving the Yankees dealing for Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley, according to FoxSports.com.

New York was said to have interest in Ackley, but that doesn't appear to be a likely scenario. Though the team is expected to sign Brian Roberts to play second, it was reported the signing wouldn't keep them from pursuing Ackley. Ackley hit .253/.319/.341 in 384 at-bats last season. 


Three teams have inquired about Dustin Ackley


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Three teams have asked the Mariners about Dustin Ackley.

Ackley struggled at the beginning of the season, but showed some promise after a demotion to the minors. Seattle began using Ackley in the outfield last season, though he also has experience as a second baseman. The Yankees, Mets and Padres have all asked about Ackley recently, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Ackley hit .253/.319/.341 in 384 at-bats.


Dustin Ackley drawing trade interest


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) The Mariners are "getting lots of calls" about second baseman Dustin Ackley, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Ackley, who played 59 games in the outfield last season in addition to his natural position of second base, hit .253/.319/.341 with four home runs and 31 RBI in 384 at-bats last season. His strong second half (.304/.374/.435) was anchored by the month of August, in which he hit .390/.420/.597 and 10 of his 14 extra-base hits.


Dustin Ackley hits fourth home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley clubbed his fourth home run Thursday against the Tigers.

In the fifth inning, Ackley managed to take Doug Fister deep for a three-run shot. Ackley finished the game 1 for 5, with one run scored and three RBI. He's hitting .251. 


Dustin Ackley coming off great month


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley is coming off a strong August.

Ackley hit .390/.420/.597 in 77 at-bats during the month. His overall line was propped up by an unsustainable .459 BABIP during the month. There was also no change in his strike out and walk rate. Ackley had four walks to 14 strikeouts during the month. Still, it's nice to see him finally producing decent Fantasy numbers, even if it won't last.

Ackley is hitting .255/.305/.347 in 329 at-bats. 


Dustin Ackley red hot for Seattle


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley recorded four hits and four RBI on Friday during a 7-1 win at Houston. Ackley singled three times and added a triple in the game. 

The middle infielder singled to right in the fourth inning to drive in a run. He added a two-run single in the fifth and another RBI single in the ninth. He finished 4 for 5 and is batting .261. 

The 25-year-old Ackley has been on a roll over his last 12 games. He's gone 20 for 42 (.476) over that stretch with three doubles, a triple, two homers and eight RBI. 


Dustin Ackley records three hits in loss


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley notched three hits in Tuesday's loss to Texas.

Ackley reached base in all four plate appearances behind three singles and a walk but did not score or knock in a single run. He did, however, increase his hitting streak to five games. He is now hitting .400/.438/.567 in August.


Dustin Ackley hits second home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley clubbed his second home run Sunday against the Angels.

Ackley also hit a double, finishing the game 2 for 3. He had one run scored and one RBI. Ackley is hitting .244/.296/.323 in 291 at-bats.