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M's promote Franklin, demote Ackley

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The Seattle Mariners are bringing up stud infield prospect Nick Franklin, and demoting disappointing former #2 overall draft pick Dustin Ackley


Dustin Ackley, the #2 pick in the 2009 draft -- one pick after Stephen Strasburg, who went #1 overall -- has been awful for the Mariners this season, putting up a .205/.266/.250 line. He went 0 for 9 against the Rangers this past weekend, part of an 0 for 19 slump.

The M's have apparently seen enough, as they've optioned Ackley to AAA today, and are bringing up shortstop Nick Franklin to take his place.

Franklin, 22, was ranked the #79 prospect in baseball coming into the season. Franklin has a .324/.440/472 line in AAA Tacoma so far this season while playing both second base and shortstop. There are questions about whether Franklin can stick at shortstop in the majors, and he'll likely take over for Ackley as the starting second baseman.

The top of the 2009 draft is laden with disappointments. Aside from Ackley, there's Donovan Tate, who went #3 overall as a toolsy guy, but whose tools haven't developed; #4 pick Tony Sanchez, a 25 year old catcher who is finally producing in AAA for the Pirates this year after struggling the previous few years; and #5 pick Matt Hobgood, who has just a handful of innings the past three years because of injuries.

Zack Wheeler went #6 to the Giants, who flipped him to the Mets for a two month rental of Carlos Beltran. Mike Minor and Mike Leake are both looking good at #7 and #8 overall, but after that, there's a collection of mixed-bag guys like Aaron Crow, Drew Storen and Alex White, along with disappointments like Grant Green, Jacob Turner and Tyler Matzek. Shelby Miller is looking great at #19, and Mike Trout went #25 overall, but all in all, the first round of the 2009 draft is looking, overall, fairly weak. And the Rangers, as you may recall, took Matt Purke at #14, then couldn't sign him.

Of course, Franklin, who went #27 overall, will now get a chance to help improve the stock of the 2009 1st rounders.