Top draft pick Dustin Ackley takes swings at Safeco Field before Riding the Ducks!

By Larry Stone
Seattle Times staff reporter

Dustin Ackley took batting practice at Safeco Field.
Let the record show that Dustin Ackley’s first swing as a Mariner produced an opposite-field line drive — a clean single into left.

OK, it was batting practice, but it still made Ackley feel good.

“That first swing, I didn’t know where the ball was going to go or if I was even going to hit it,” he said with a laugh after taking a round of BP before Monday’s Mariners game. “It was a relief.”

Ackley was in Seattle to officially sign his five-year major-league deal with the Mariners, worth at least $7.5 million.

As part of the day, Ackley donned a Mariners uniform (No. 13, his college number at North Carolina), held a news conference and schmoozed nervously in the clubhouse with current Mariners. It’s the typical routine for a top draft pick, but this one had a little more scrutiny than usual because of Ackley’s status as the No. 2 overall pick.

After his press conference, Dustin and his family came to Ride the Ducks and had a blast with Captain Matt Agascar! Welcome to Seattle, Dustin! We’re happy you’re here!

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