That makes sense, since I think that was their goal when the initiated the botched Robert Andino waiver process. If true, it also cements the parallels between Ackely and Alex Gordon, as was noted recently at SodoMojo.
There's certainly way more upside in Ackley's bat, so let's hope we can unlock it.
AAA -- Reno 8, Tacoma 4 -- Box
The offensive "Big Four" lineup -- Mike Zunino (Talk40 #1) C; Jesus Montero 1b; Nick Franklin (Talk40 #7) 2b; Brad Miller (Talk40 #6) SS -- only lasted one game, as Zunino sat out the day-game-after-a-night-game. And, if Franklin gets called up, then Saturday might be the only time it trots on to the field.
Miller got his first AAA hit (after a pair of walks on Saturday), but overall there weren't many fireworks. Franklin Gutierrez had a pair of hits, but the offense as a whole had zero walks, 11 strikeouts and just two XBH.
And James Gilheeney, who has been alternating good starts with ugly ones, was on schedule for ugly, and followed the plan (4.2 IP, 5 ER).
AA -- Montgomery 1, Jackson 0 -- Box
Taijuan Walker (Talk40 #2) lost the pitcher's duel in Montgomery by giving up a solo homer in the 1st. That was all she proverbally wrote, as the Jackson offense produced nada. The Mayor -- Rich Poythress (26intheMix) -- returned to the Generals lineup for the first time in 2013, but was hitless (as was most of the lineup).
Walker's line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Since we're seemingly accumulating, at Tacoma, every player who's ever been ranked in the Baseball America Top 100 (and that includes Corey Patterson!), why not add Walker to the mix? He's on the same rotation schedule as Gilheeney ... just sayin'.
Low-A -- Quad Cities 5, Clinton 2 -- Box
You know there's not a lot of offensive output when light-hitting shortstop Ketel Marte (26intheMix) is your offensive leader (two hits, stolen base). Marte SLG = .242. It was his second consecutive two-hit game, though. And he doesn't strike out much.
The holiday schedule has afternoon starts for all four games. Hector Noesi gets the nod for the Rainiers in Reno.