mac-unit wrote:With the first pick in the 2009 MLB draft
The Seattle Mariners select: Alex White RHP, UNC
Rationale- There is no sure fire 2nd pick in this draft and a lot of what I'm reading has Ackley going 2nd but I wouldn't want to risk that injury and I don't think he will make in as a 1B which is where the Mariners are weak in the minors. White has a fastball with movement and can reach 95 mph, he has a plus slider he is confident in, a curve he can throw for strikes, an average changeup that will need to improve and his best pitch is a hard spilter. He has also been said to have a different type of sinker. That's 6 pitches and if he can improve his changeup fast he could be up in the bigs sooner rather then later.
Future Plans- If he can develop his change along faster he will have a much quicker route to the big league club. If I had to bet I'd say he will play rookie ball this season, start 2010 at A or A+ move up to AA and either have him finish the season there or have him come up as a September call up. Then 2011 he should either start on the big club or be down in AAA for the first few months of the season.
Man I hope you are wrong. I don't like the 1B argument because you should never draft for "need" since by the time a kid is ready you have no idea what your need really will be. Besides, the M's actually are set at 1B with Carp at AAA and Clement no longer thought of as a C. Ackley will be plus CF and as a hitter he's perfectly tailored to Safeco. I'm going to be pissed if it's anyone besides Ackley that gets the nod.