6/17: Thoughs on Seahawks, Brandon Mebane
–Larry Stone of The Seattle Times writes that Dustin Ackley has a calm demeanor that Rainiers manager Daren Brown will allow him to handle the hype surrounding his major league debut, which is expected to come Friday against the Phillies.
Brown: “Just watching the way he takes at-bats, not a lot bothers him. But we’re talking about a different level. He’ll be excited. Will he possibly do things we haven’t seen when he gets in front of big-league crowds with a big-league team on the other side? All kids go through it. I think he’s the type of kid who can handle it and make the adjustments needed and be fine.”
–John McGrath of The Tacoma News Tribune has this to say about Ackley’s much anticipated debut: “If the second baseman is equal to the hype that has preceded his debut â€“ or is it his royal coronation? â€“ Safeco Field fans would be advised to buy a scorecard to commemorate the milestone occasion for their grandchildren.”
–Nick Patterson of The Everett Herald writes about Marcus Littlewood, the Mariners’ second-round pick in 2010 who along with his teammates on the Class-A Everett AquaSox open the 2011 Northwest League season on Friday.
–Jay Yenich of USSMariner.com previews the AquaSox season.
–Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. says via Mike Sando’s blog on ESPN.com that he thinks the Seahawks can’t afford to lose DT Brandon Mebane in free agency. Williamson said this about Mebane: “I think they absolutely cannot let him go. He has a chance to be a great player. … He needs to stay healthy, but he is still a relatively young player, he plays the run and pass well, he is quick and agile, he is an every-down player. There are not many players like him.”
Sando says comments from GM John Schneider as well as the team’s decision to tender Mebane at only a third-round level suggest that they won’t break the bank to re-sign him.