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The Mariners select Dustin Ackley with No. 2 pick

Here's some links to some features and stories on Ackley in the last week.

A nice feature about Ackley and his humbleness

Here's another from the Winston-Salem Journal

And here's another from ESPN the Magazine.

Finally, here's a blog post from Peter Gammons that leads with Ackley.

The Seattle Mariners selected 1B/OF Dustin Ackley with the second pick of the 2009 MLB amateur draft. The Washington Nationals did as predicted and selected right-hander Stephen Strasburg with the first pick.

"Dustin has had an excellent career at North Carolina and in our mind was the best position player in this year's draft," Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara said. "We feel we are adding a great combination of talent and character to our organization with this selection."

Ackley, 21, has played first base after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in the summer of 2008. The athletic 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has also played the outfield at UNC. Since arriving in Chapel Hill, Ackley has played in 204 consecutive games, and helped lead UNC to a 158-46 record (.775) and three trips to the College World Series.

Heading into his third College World Series, Ackley is batting .412 (103x250) with 17 doubles, 4 triples, 22 home runs and 70 RBI in 63 games this season. Ackley received ACC Player of the Year and First-Team Louisville Slugger All-America honors, becoming the first three-time All-America selection in Tar Heel baseball history.

Ackley has emerged as one of the best players in ACC history. He holds school career records for batting average (.410), hits (338), runs (225) and total bases (535). Ackley is a career .410 (338x824) hitter with 58 doubles, 11 triples, 39 home runs and 195 RBI. He has posted multiple hits in 105 of 204 career games (51%).

Ackley has also been a clutch hitter during postseason play. He enters the CWS with a current 19-game post-season hitting streak (.506/42x83) and overall is a .398 hitter (47x118) in 28 post-season games.

Honors

* Three-Time All-American

* Three-Time ACC Selection

* 2009 ACC Player of the Year

* 2009 Golden Spikes Finalist

* 2009 Collegiate Baseball All-American (1B)

* 2009 Chapel Hill Regional Most Outstanding Player

* 2007 & 2008 All-CollegeWorld Series

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