Wednesday, March 16, 2011
2010 Topps Pro Debut Dustin Ackley
Who is this? Seattle Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley
What is this? An autographed 2010 Topps Pro Debut card
Where'd I get it? I wrote to Ackley at the Mariners' spring training camp and asked him to sign it for me. I got it back earlier this week
How much did it cost? I got the unsigned card out of a pack
Why is this so special? Ackley is the Seattle Mariners best position player prospect. The 23-year-old has been having a strong spring, though I'm not sure if he'll be able to crack the Mariners' Opening Day roster. (Perhaps someone more familiar with the Mariners can let us know how soon Mr. Ackley's Major League Debut might be?)
Ackley was the second overall pick in the 2009 draft. He made his pro debut in AA last year and was promoted to AAA Tacoma before the year was out. He went to the Arizona Fall League and earned MVP honors there.
There's every reason to believe Ackley will be a good player for many years, so I'm happy he's signing autographs. He even personalized my card.