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Kyle Seager, Reid Fronk bonded over baseball, balloons

Montgomery outfielder Reid Fronk and Jackson infielder Kyle Seager warmly remember the year they spent together at the University of North Carolina. They helped leave a lot of other people feeling wet. Fronk and Seager were part of a group of Tar Heels whose preferred prank involved water balloons. (Montgomery Advertiser)

Live chat with Tacoma Rainiers 2B Dustin Ackley

Dustin Ackley is one of the top prospects in the Mariners' organization and slated to be the club's second baseman of the future. A three-year starter in the outfield at the University of North Carolina, Ackley finished his career as the top hitter in Tar Heels history with a .412 average. He also set school records for hits (346), runs (227) and total bases (544). (Seattle Times)

Why Ackley isn’t the Mariners’ answer yet

In the wake of this week’s Jack Wilson fiasco, some think what the Mariners need to do is bring up 2009 first-round draft pick Dustin Ackley to play second base instead of Wilson. Let’s just slow down a bit. The Mariners aren’t ready for Ackley, the second overall draft choice. Ackley isn’t ready to be here. (Sportspress Northwest)

Diamond Heels In the Pros

An update on former UNC players in major league and minor league baseball. (Tar Heel Blue)

Dustin Ackley headed to Triple-A Tacoma

Top Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley will start the season at Triple-A Tacoma. Ackley is expected to be the Mariners’ everyday second baseman later in the season, but the time in Triple-A will give him more time to hone his defense and will keep him under team control for an additional year. Ackley is hitting .269 with a .441 on-base percentage and a .423 slugging percentage in 15 spring training games. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Dustin Ackley's big fly talk of Monday 'B' game

Dustin Ackley isn't known as a power hitter, but the Mariners' top position prospect uncorked a prodigious home run in the fifth inning of a "B" game against San Diego on Monday on a Padres practice field. Ackley has been hitting well of late. While the "B" game results don't count in official statistics, he's hitting .350 with two doubles and a triple in 20 at-bats in Cactus League action. (MLB.com)

Mets' top pick Matt Harvey impresses

New York Mets' 2010 first-round draft pick Matt Harvey fired a hitless inning Saturday in a 8-1 win over Team Italy. Harvey struck out two and needed just 12 pitches to finish off Italy. It was the University of North Carolina product's first official outing as a Met after signing late and not playing last summer. (TC Palm)

Q&A with Adam Greenberg

Adam Greenberg doesn’t see himself as a victim, but you couldn’t blame him if he did. On July 9, 2005, Greenberg walked up to the plate in what is thus far his only big-league at-bat, and what happened next is nothing short of tragic. He saw just one pitch from Marlins left-hander Valerio de los Santos, and the next thing he knew he was sprawled in the batters’ box fearing for his life. (Baseball Prospectus)

Cleveland Indians prospect watch: Alex White

White throws a two- and four-seam fastball, slider and split-finger fastball. He hit 97 mph at the University of North Carolina, but usually pitches between 92 mph and 94 mph. He can strike guys out with his four-seam fastball and get ground outs with the two-seamer. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Mariners won't rush young 2B Dustin Ackley

Dustin Ackley stepped into the batting cage and almost effortlessly started spraying line drives all around the practice field and into places they wouldn't be caught. He's without question the future of the Seattle Mariners, a left-handed hitting middle infielder with a flawless looking swing, speed and a bit of pop. But the Mariners aren't about to fast-track Ackley for the majors. (USA Today)

An Interview with Mets First Round Draft Pick RHP Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey signed late last summer so his is one of the most anticipated debuts in the Mets organization this year. Likely to start in St. Lucie, Harvey and I talked about his anticipation for the coming season, rooting for the Tar Heels and worse, rooting for the Yankees, as well as his expectations for 2011. (Amazin' Avenue)

Dustin Ackley, a can’t- miss kid, learns tricks of trade

They have been taking ground balls and talking to one another all week, the can’t-miss-kid and the veteran shortstop one hamstring tear from limping into the sunset. Dustin Ackley, 23, has now officially made the conversion from college outfielder/first baseman to second base, and said it’s the position he feels most comfortable in. (The Olympian)

Could Daniel Bard Make Move to Red Sox Starting Rotation?

The Rod Sox brought in (other) pitchers...to help shore up the back end of the pen, a spot held down last year by Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon. With those two in place, Hall of Famer Peter Gammons has an idea about what the Sox could do with Bard. Move him to the starting rotation. Bard was a starter in at UNC, but was moved to the bullpen while making his ascent through the Red Sox organization. (NESN)

First Pitch Q&A: Mike Fox, Scott Bankhead

Can you give an introduction to what kind of pitcher Scott Bankhead was during his career at North Carolina? Mike Fox: “I don’t think people realize until you start to listen to things like 20 consecutive wins in a row - that record might never be broken - and I think that Scott was one of the first great pitchers in the history of this program over a sustained period of time." (Inside Carolina)

Daniel Bard Finds Groove as Reliever in Red Sox System

Daniel Bard's performance in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2005 put him on the watch list for just about every accolade imaginable. He was preseason everything, from All-American to a candidate for the Roger Clemens Award, given annually to the top pitcher in the country. Despite a very solid season, Bard was overshadowed by teammate Andrew Miller. It was Bard, however, who nearly stole the show in the end. (NESN)

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