PEORIA, Ariz. — The Seattle Mariners have sent second overall draft choice Dustin Ackley to Double-A West Tennessee, where the impressive 22-year-old will likely begin his first full professional season.
Last August, the Mariners and Ackley agreed on a five-year major league contract worth $7.5 million. Seattle has since tried the sweet-swinging former first baseman and outfielder at North Carolina at second base.
He had three hits in 19 at-bats (a .158 batting average) with three RBIs and one error in 10 spring games.
The Mariners have said they expect Ackley to reach the major leagues soon, though he was expected to begin this season in the minors.
Seattle also optioned outfielder Ezequiel Carrera to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.