NEW YORK — Stokes County native Dustin Ackley is getting a fresh start in the Big Apple after a trade deadline move between the Yankees and the Seattle Mariners.
The Yankees acquired Ackley for a pair of minor leaguers before the trade deadline. New York sent right-hander Jose Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores to the Mariners.
Ackley played three years at South Stokes, helping the team win back-to-back state 1A titles. He played his senior year at North Forsyth for coach Jamie Lowe, who later coached at Surry Community College.
In 2007 at UNC, Ackley was named the national freshman of the year and was an All-American. In 2009 as a junior he was named Rivals.com’s national player of the year. He was the first Tar Heel to be a three-time All-American.
He set the career College World Series record with 28 hits.
When he left school a year early, Ackley ranked as the top hitter in UNC history with a .412 career average. He set career records with 346 hits, 227 runs and 544 total bases in just 207 games. He is one of only two players in school history with 300 hits and 200 runs scored.
In the 2009 draft, Seattle picked Ackley second overall.
Despite his hefty college totals, Ackley hasn’t had the same success at the MLB level. The 27-year-old is a .243 career hitter. He has appeared at second base, first base and all three outfield spots.
Ackley hit less than .200 in both April and May with a low point of .177 on May 29. Since then, however, his average has noticeably improved. He batted .235 in June and has batted .286 thus far in July.
He has 10 hits, two doubles, a triple, homer and six RBIs this month with an OBS of .802.
Ramirez and Flores were both at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will report to Triple-A Tacoma.
Flores had three stints with the Yankees this season, hitting .219 in his first 12 major league games. Ramirez allowed five earned runs over three innings in three relief appearances.