Ackley is seeking to rebound from a miserable 2013 in which he batted .253 with just four home runs and earned a demotion to the minors.
"I’ve told people, I don’t care how good your swing is, if you’re thinking about stuff, and if your mind’s not 100 percent all in to what you’re doing, you’re not going to be successful," he said. "That’s pretty much a good example of me last year. My swing, it might have been a good swing, but my mind wasn’t right, and that’s really what screwed me up."
Ackley's offensive struggles last season earned him a demotion to the minors, but he was pleased with how he responded, which included a .304 average and .809 OPS in the second half once he was recalled.
"It was definitely a frustrating year for sure, overall," he said. "But I felt like what I did in the second half, and getting back to things how it used to feel and getting that mindset I needed was really important.
"It took a long time to figure out how to do that, and realize it’s not really my swing, it’s all in my head. A lot of it is a mental approach to hitting. That was really the separator for me."
Manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't see Ackley competing for the job in center field. Ackley made the conversion to the outfield last season, and it looks like he'll remain there. Ackley hit .253/.319/.341 in 384 at-bats last year.
There is "no traction" to the rumors involving the
New York was said to have interest in Ackley, but that doesn't appear to be a likely scenario. Though the team is expected to sign Brian Roberts to play second, it was reported the signing wouldn't keep them from pursuing Ackley. Ackley hit .253/.319/.341 in 384 at-bats last season.
Three teams have asked the
Ackley struggled at the beginning of the season, but showed some promise after a demotion to the minors. Seattle began using Ackley in the outfield last season, though he also has experience as a second baseman. The
Ackley hit .253/.319/.341 in 384 at-bats.
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