Dustin was the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, only behind Stephen Strasburg. He signed right at the deadline, 15 minutes before the deadline to be exact. His first taste of professional ball was with the Arizona Fall League’s Peoria Javelinas. There in just 73 at bats, he hit 0.315/1/12 and on November 2nd was named an Arizona Fall League Rising Star.
There are some experts out there that Dustin is going to be the Mariners Opening Day 2nd baseman. In college he played mostly first base with some outfield experience, however during the off season, Mariners brass asked him if he would be willing to move to second in order to get to the show quicker. Dustin agreed and immediately started training at second. From the reports I have read, he is doing a fantastic job.
My thoughts are that he will spend the first part of the season with AAA Tacoma, however if he starts off fast, his call to the show could be as early as mid May. Based on his senior year at UNC where he hit 0.417/22/73/13 and finished second to Strasburg in the Golden Spikes Awards, he translates to a 0.300/20/80/10 hitter. Given that he is likely to start his career at second base, he will become a hot commodity.
Dustin is a fantastic through the mail signer. I not only got his autograph, but also Tyler Hansborough’s when I sent him a request. I also got a second one by sending a request to his home. I have heard many people have had the same success as I had as well. As far as his hobby value, his cheaper autographs are running about $30, while some of his shorter print releases are running in the $70 – $100 range. He is about as close to a sure thing in the minors as you are going to find, I think it’s worth it to pick up some of the $30 autographed cards.
Let me know if you are interested in getting a copy of one of these cards.