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Dustin Ackley
(Photo: Jeffrey Camarati/UNC Athletic Communications)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Dustin Ackley
Position:First Base/Outfield
School:University of North Carolina
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:184 lbs.
Report Date:3/6-3/8/09

Focus Area
Hitting ability:Ackley is one of the best pure hitters in college, with great bat control and plus bat speed. He stays in the zone a long time, hits the ball where it's pitched and stays back on soft stuff.
Power:There's a debate over how much power he will have. He should run into some home runs and might have average power as a pro.
Running speed:He's a plus runner and is almost deceptive with a nice, easy stride.
Base running:He is an excellent baserunner.
Arm strength:After Tommy John surgery, his arm is OK, though he doesn't use it at first base like he would in the outfield.
Fielding:He catches the ball, but he's not a great first baseman. He has the chance to be a plus center fielder.
Range:His speed would give him good range in the outfield; it's not applicable to his play at first.
Physical Description:Ackley isn't the biggest guy in the world. He has small shoulders and isn't physically imposing.
Medical Update:He had Tommy John surgery over the summer. His elbow is fine now, but he's been almost completely limited to playing first instead of center.
Strengths:Plus, plus hittability with great bat control and bat speed. He's got plus speed as well.
Weaknesses:There's a question as to how much power he'll have. Because of the surgery, he hasn't been seen at his better position, center, by scouts.
Summary:Ackley might be the best pure hitter in the college ranks, if not the entire Draft class. He's got great bat control and plus bat speed that allows him to make consistent contact to all fields. There's some debate about how much power he'll have, but that's really only an issue if he can't return to center field. He's had to play first since Tommy John surgery last summer. But regardless of where he plays, those hitting skills should get him off the board early.