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Casey at the Bat | Mariners Draft Prospects: Picks No. 27, 32

Published by on May 29, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

It’s all but obvious that the Mariners will draft Dustin Ackley in the upcoming amateur draft with the second overall pick. However, the team also holds picks 27 and 33.

Jack Zduriencik has been diligent in acquiring left-handed power hitters, speedy outfielders, and middling starting pitching prospects, so the bottom of the first round could be a field day for the GM.

Ackley has high value because he may be able to play center field, and recently some have begun to project him at second base. Supposedly Zduriencik likes the idea of Ackley at second.

Part of the philosophy laid out in Moneyball is that good hitters are valuable and can be quantified against poor defensive skills. The Oakland A&rsquo...

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