2014 Seattle Mariners: Top 5 Hitters on the Season
3rd: Dustin Ackley:
A full season and a guaranteed position did wonders for Dustin Ackley in 2014. Granted, he had another slow start to the season, but his second half was impressive and his defense did improve. For him to get remotely close to the hype he had when he was drafted, he needs to sustain a good approach at the plate for an entire season.
.245/.293/.398 with 14 home runs, 65 RBI, 4 triples, 27 doubles, and 64 runs in 143 games.
I understand Ackley greatly benefitted from 502 plate appearances (3rd most on the team), but his numbers were still productive. He finished 3rd on the team in RBI (65), tied for 3rd in home runs, 3rd in runs scored, tied for 2nd in doubles, and 5th in stolen bases.
What he needs, much like Logan Morrison, is a full season of productive hitting. If he hadn’t batting .217 for the first two months of the season, he would have been a far more impressive hitter.