Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik just told some of us writers in a conference call that the team will have No. 1 draft pick Dustin Ackley , a left fielder, work out at second base and then attempt to play there in the minors this coming season.
The move is “an experiment” for now and is not final. But it’s something the M’s want to take a look at.
“We are not etching this into stone to say this guy will be the second baseman of the future,” Zduriencik said. “It’s just something we do.”
Zduriencik says having Ackley work out at the position now will give the team a better idea of where he stands coming into spring training. If things keep progressing, they will continue to look at him at that spot.
“It’s part of our philosophy,” he said. “We want our guys to play multiple positions in the minor leagues.”
Zduriencik says having such flexibility gives the team multiple options going forward. He said it has nothing to do with Jose Lopez for the moment. As I said, the team doesn’t even know whether this will work.
But if the M’s were, in theory, to go after players like Curtis Granderson to play left field, they would need a spot for Ackley to play when he’s ready to come up. Anyhow, let’s see what happens. Interesting development.
Some interesting Mariners prospects have been added to the team’s 40-man roster, including two players making noise this week. There’s Ezequiel Carrera, an outfielder named yesterday to the Topps, MiLB Class AA all-star team. Not to mention Anthony Varvaro, who will be the starting pitcher for Peoria tomorrow against Phoenix in the Arizona Fall league title game.
Four other newcomer names added include:
RHP Danny Cortes
RHP Ricky Orta
LHP Edward Paredes
RHP JC Ramirez
Cortes, you man recall, was acquired from the Royals in the Yuniesky Betancourt deal.
The Mariers have also reinststed injured pitchers Ryan Feierabend and Sean White to the roster, which is now at 37, leaving room for possible additions (perhaps in trades, or free agent signings) in days to come.
Infielder Josh Wilson was outrighted to Class AAA Tacoma, meaning he cleared waivers.
Why would Chris Jakubauskas have been taken off the 40-man if there is still room? The M’s clearly don’t feel he’d be as big a part of their future as these other guys and any new ones they’d bring in.