A.J. Allen Lorenz POLLOCK
Image of Pollo
Nickname:   Pollo Position:   OF
Home: N/A Team:   DODGERS
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 215 Throws:   R
DOB: 12/5/1987 Agent: Icon (Rob Martin)
Uniform #: 11  
Birth City: Hebron, CT
Draft: Diamondbacks #1 - 2009 - Out of Univ. of Notre Dame
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2009 MWL SOUTH BEND   63 255 36 68 12 3 3 22 10 4 16 36 .315 .373 .267
2010 - injured                                
2011 SL MOBILE   133 550 103 170 41 5 8 73 36 7 44 86 .359 .445 .309
2012 PCL RENO   106 428 65 136 25 3 3 52 21 8 32 52 .369 .411 .318
2012 NL DIAMONDBACKS   31 81 8 20 4 1 2 8 1 2 9 11 .315 .395 .247
2013 NL DIAMONDBACKS $491.00 137 443 64 119 28 5 8 38 12 3 33 82 .322 .409 .269
2014 PCL RENO   13 49 4 8 1 1 0 9 0 0 2 4 .192 .224 .163
2014 AZL AZL-D'Backs   2 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .667 .333
2014 NL DIAMONDBACKS $507.00 75 265 41 80 19 6 7 24 14 3 19 46 .353 .498 .302
2015 NL DIAMONDBACKS $519.00 157 609 111 192 39 6 20 76 39 7 53 89 .367 .498 .315
2016 PCL RENO   4 18 6 8 4 0 1 8 1 1 2 1 .500 .833 .444
2016 CAL VISALIA   6 16 3 7 1 0 2 4 1 0 4 1 .550 .875 .438
2016 AZL SCOTTSDALE   2 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .429 .333 .333
2016 NL DIAMONDBACKS $3,500.00 12 41 9 10 0 0 2 4 4 0 5 8 .326 .390 .244
2017 NL DIAMONDBACKS $6,750.00 112 425 73 113 33 6 14 49 20 6 35 71 .330 .471 .266
2017 PCL RENO   7 18 6 5 2 0 2 2 0 0 4 2 .409 .722 .278
2018 PCL RENO   2 7 3 3 1 0 1 3 1 0 1 1 .500 1.000 .429
2018 NL DIAMONDBACKS $7,750.00 113 413 61 106 21 5 21 65 13 2 31 100 .316 .484 .257
2019 CAL RANCHO CUCAMONGA   5 13 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 .077 .308 .077
2019 NL DODGERS $5,250.00 86 308 49 82 15 1 15 47 5 1 23 74 .327 .468 .266
2020 NL DODGERS $7,444.00 55 196 30 54 9 0 16 34 2 2 12 45 .314 .566 .276
Personal
  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2004, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> helped CLASS="highlight"> lead CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> State CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> Championships CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> school's CLASS="highlight"> division. CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> scholar-athlete, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock's CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> awards CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> cover CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> entire CLASS="highlight"> profile.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2006, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> shortstop CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Gatorade CLASS="highlight"> Player CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Connecticut. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> .462-4-27 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 15 CLASS="highlight"> stolen CLASS="highlight"> bases. CLASS="highlight"> A.J. CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> basketball CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> varsity CLASS="highlight"> soccer CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> freshman.

  • His CLASS="highlight"> Dad CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> rugby CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Boston CLASS="highlight"> College.

  • A.J. CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> guitar. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> mostly CLASS="highlight"> classic CLASS="highlight"> rock CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> alternative.

  • At CLASS="highlight"> Notre CLASS="highlight"> Dame, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> majored CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> sociology. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • In CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> summer CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2008, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> MVP CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cape CLASS="highlight"> Cod CLASS="highlight"> League. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> finished CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> (.377) CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> hits CLASS="highlight"> (61), CLASS="highlight"> doubles CLASS="highlight"> (15), CLASS="highlight"> total CLASS="highlight"> bases CLASS="highlight"> (90), CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> slugging CLASS="highlight"> percentage CLASS="highlight"> (.556) CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Falmouth CLASS="highlight"> Commodores.

  • A.J. CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> vocal CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> true CLASS="highlight"> leadership CLASS="highlight"> presence CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> strong CLASS="highlight"> makeup. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> carries CLASS="highlight"> himself CLASS="highlight"> well CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> exudes CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> solid CLASS="highlight"> confidence.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2010, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> Prospect CLASS="highlight"> Handbook CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Diamondbacks' CLASS="highlight"> farm CLASS="highlight"> system. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> #6 the CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> row—in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> 2011 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> again CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> 2012 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> camps CLASS="highlight"> opened. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> finally, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> #10 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2013.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2011, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> led CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Southern CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> (103) CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> hits CLASS="highlight"> (169), CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> ranking CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> steals CLASS="highlight"> (36) CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> doubles CLASS="highlight"> (41), CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> fourth CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> total CLASS="highlight"> bases CLASS="highlight"> (244).

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2011, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> U.S. CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Pan CLASS="highlight"> American CLASS="highlight"> Games.

  • He CLASS="highlight"> endears CLASS="highlight"> himself CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> managers CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> hard-nosed CLASS="highlight"> style CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> overall CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> above CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> makeup. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> leadership CLASS="highlight"> ability.

  • Diamondbacks CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Kirk CLASS="highlight"> Gibson CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> liked CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> saw CLASS="highlight"> him. CLASS="highlight"> So CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> reached CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> old CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> coaches CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Notre CLASS="highlight"> Dame, CLASS="highlight"> Graham CLASS="highlight"> Sikes, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> coaches CLASS="highlight"> Gibson's CLASS="highlight"> son CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Michigan CLASS="highlight"> State.

    "I've CLASS="highlight"> talked CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> A.J.," CLASS="highlight"> Gibson CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "A.J. CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> whose CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> process CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> similar CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Goldy CLASS="highlight"> (Paul CLASS="highlight"> Goldschmidt). CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> curious CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> things, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> point CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> Some CLASS="highlight"> guys, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> develop CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> relationship CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> way, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> A.J. CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> certainly CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> listen.

  • A.J. CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> use CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Sydney, CLASS="highlight"> Australia in CLASS="highlight"> the spring CLASS="highlight"> of 2014—he proposed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> girlfriend, CLASS="highlight"> Kate, CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Bondi CLASS="highlight"> Beach CLASS="highlight"> cliff CLASS="highlight"> walk.

    "She's CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Australia," CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "So CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> trip CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> it."

    The CLASS="highlight"> pair CLASS="highlight"> met CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> students CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> University CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Notre CLASS="highlight"> Dame, CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Kate CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> member CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lacrosse CLASS="highlight"> team. CLASS="highlight"> (3/25/14)

  • In CLASS="highlight"> May CLASS="highlight"> 2014, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> riding CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hot CLASS="highlight"> stretch, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> hasn't CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> smooth CLASS="highlight"> sailing CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> year.

    A CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> month before CLASS="highlight"> that, Pollock CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> .235 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> biggest CLASS="highlight"> challenge CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> keeping CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mindset CLASS="highlight"> positive.

    "Every CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> working CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> mechanics CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> sometimes CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> forget CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> mental CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> biggest CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think," CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "That's CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> separates CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> hitters CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> hitters."

    That's CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> D-backs CLASS="highlight"> mental CLASS="highlight"> skills CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> Peter CLASS="highlight"> Crone CLASS="highlight"> comes CLASS="highlight"> in.

    Crone CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> helped a CLASS="highlight"> number CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> pro CLASS="highlight"> golfers CLASS="highlight"> and actors, CLASS="highlight"> along CLASS="highlight"> with D-backs Aaron CLASS="highlight"> Hill CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Paul CLASS="highlight"> Goldschmidt.

    "He's CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bunch CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> us CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> molding CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> routines CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> teaching CLASS="highlight"> us CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> day," CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "He's CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> help. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> routines CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> cage CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> routines CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> routine CLASS="highlight"> mentally." CLASS="highlight"> (Steve CLASS="highlight"> Gilbert CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> 5/30/2014).

  • A.J. CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Kate CLASS="highlight"> Newall CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> married CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> December CLASS="highlight"> 11, CLASS="highlight"> 2014. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> winter CLASS="highlight"> snow CLASS="highlight"> themed CLASS="highlight"> ceremony CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Beaver CLASS="highlight"> Creek, CLASS="highlight"> Colorado.

  • It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> series CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> simple CLASS="highlight"> acts CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> well-equipped CLASS="highlight"> recreation CLASS="highlight"> room CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Phoenix CLASS="highlight"> Children's CLASS="highlight"> Hospital. CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> foosball CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> sick CLASS="highlight"> child CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> sheepishly CLASS="highlight"> admitted CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> likes CLASS="highlight"> soccer. CLASS="highlight">  A CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> air CLASS="highlight"> hockey CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> beaming CLASS="highlight"> child CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> brown CLASS="highlight"> eyes CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bad CLASS="highlight"> stomach.

    And CLASS="highlight"> finally, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hug CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> small CLASS="highlight"> child CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> cerebral CLASS="highlight"> palsy, CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> act CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> delighted CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> boy, CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mother CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> grandmother CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> sat CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hallway. CLASS="highlight">  But CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> acts CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> A.J., CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> cast CLASS="highlight"> himself CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> injured CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> elbow, CLASS="highlight"> seemed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> impression CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game-winning CLASS="highlight"> grand CLASS="highlight"> slam. CLASS="highlight">  

    "You CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> impact CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> simple, CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> showing CLASS="highlight"> up," CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> D-backs' CLASS="highlight"> new CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> jerseys, CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> favorite CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> teal-colored CLASS="highlight"> trim. CLASS="highlight"> "It's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> no-brainer CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> show CLASS="highlight"> up. CLASS="highlight">  It's CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> inspirational. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> injured CLASS="highlight"> arm, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> dealing CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> significantly CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> serious CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> am CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> through."

    Some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> visited CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> realize CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player, CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> others CLASS="highlight"> knew CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> handed CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> bobblehead CLASS="highlight"> dolls CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> himself CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> distributed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> fans CLASS="highlight"> attending CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Pirates. CLASS="highlight">  Other CLASS="highlight"> hints CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> Pollock's CLASS="highlight"> identity CLASS="highlight"> abounded. CLASS="highlight"> Pollock's CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Gold CLASS="highlight"> Glove CLASS="highlight"> Award CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> breakout CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> display. CLASS="highlight"> Baxter, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> mascot, CLASS="highlight"> hugged CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> anyone CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> sight.

    Joziah CLASS="highlight"> Nava, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 2-year-old CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> weighed CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> 1 CLASS="highlight"> pound CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> born CLASS="highlight"> severely CLASS="highlight"> premature, CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> idea CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> man CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> jersey CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> cast CLASS="highlight"> was, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> child CLASS="highlight"> beamed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> joy CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> stopped CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hallway CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hug CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> walking CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> entourage CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> hospital CLASS="highlight"> room CLASS="highlight"> visits.

    "He's CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> happy. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> happy, CLASS="highlight"> we're CLASS="highlight"> happy," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Karla CLASS="highlight"> Bautista, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> boy's CLASS="highlight"> mother. CLASS="highlight"> She CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Joziah CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> undergoing CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> types CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> therapy CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> survived CLASS="highlight"> several CLASS="highlight"> surgeries CLASS="highlight"> stemming CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> born CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> 26 CLASS="highlight"> weeks, CLASS="highlight"> rather CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> 40 CLASS="highlight"> weeks. CLASS="highlight">  "I CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> enjoys CLASS="highlight"> attention," CLASS="highlight"> Karla CLASS="highlight"> said.

    Marie CLASS="highlight"> Bautista, CLASS="highlight"> Joziah's CLASS="highlight"> grandmother, CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> D-backs CLASS="highlight"> fans CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> family, CLASS="highlight"> including CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> boys CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight">  In CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> small CLASS="highlight"> comical CLASS="highlight"> mishap, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> handed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> boy CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> bobbleheads. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> boy CLASS="highlight"> dropped CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> arms CLASS="highlight"> fell CLASS="highlight"> off. CLASS="highlight"> As CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> group CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> reporters CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> others CLASS="highlight"> laughed, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> joked, CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> funny."

    Matthew CLASS="highlight"> Stevens, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 10-year-old CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> recovering CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> severe CLASS="highlight"> complications CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> ruptured CLASS="highlight"> appendix, CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> enjoyed CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> foosball CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Pollock. CLASS="highlight"> "It's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> fun. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> feels CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> happens CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> life. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> happy," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Matthew.

    Melinda CLASS="highlight"> Stevens, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> boy's CLASS="highlight"> mother, CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> she CLASS="highlight"> appreciated CLASS="highlight"> Pollock's CLASS="highlight"> visit CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> gives CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> son CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> others CLASS="highlight"> encouragement CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> better. CLASS="highlight">  

    Mohammed CLASS="highlight"> Almubareki CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> air CLASS="highlight"> hockey CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Pollock. CLASS="highlight">  "It CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> heart CLASS="highlight"> pump CLASS="highlight"> fast," CLASS="highlight"> Mohammed CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> learned CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> likes CLASS="highlight"> us, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> root CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> us. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> us CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> fun." CLASS="highlight">  (Walsh CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 4/21/16)

  • Feb CLASS="highlight"> 9, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> trust CLASS="highlight"> Justin CLASS="highlight"> Turner, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> believe CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> offseason CLASS="highlight"> move CLASS="highlight"> putting CLASS="highlight"> A.J. CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> outfield CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> fine. CLASS="highlight"> "First CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> foremost, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> locker-room CLASS="highlight"> presence," CLASS="highlight"> Turner CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "He's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> grinder, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> edge CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> brings CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> competitor, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> lose. CLASS="highlight"> On CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fact CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Gold CLASS="highlight"> Glove-caliber CLASS="highlight"> center CLASS="highlight"> fielder. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> attitude CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> perfect CLASS="highlight"> fit CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> clubhouse, CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> us CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> tone. CLASS="highlight"> He'll CLASS="highlight"> fit CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> well. CLASS="highlight"> Off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> stuff CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> does CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> charts."

    On CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2018, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock, CLASS="highlight"> 31, CLASS="highlight"> slugged CLASS="highlight"> nine CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> career-high CLASS="highlight"> 21 CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 1.108 CLASS="highlight"> OPS. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> nothing CLASS="highlight"> else, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> solved CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> annoyance.  

    Pollock CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> worry CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> Yasiel CLASS="highlight"> Puig CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> Kemp, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fan CLASS="highlight"> favorites CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> replacing CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> signing CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> $55 CLASS="highlight"> million. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> rejects CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> reputation CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> injury-prone, CLASS="highlight"> despite CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hefty CLASS="highlight"> medical CLASS="highlight"> file. CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> broke CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> elbow CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2010 CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> missed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> entire CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> undergoing CLASS="highlight"> surgery CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> implant CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> plate CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> turned CLASS="highlight"> out, CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> stabilize CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> joint CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> hoped, CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> screws CLASS="highlight"> sheared CLASS="highlight"> off.

    Pollock CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> five CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> seasons CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> elbow CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> truly CLASS="highlight"> healed CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> broke CLASS="highlight"> again CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> slide CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training CLASS="highlight"> 2016. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> missed CLASS="highlight"> five CLASS="highlight"> months, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> surgery CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> successful. In CLASS="highlight"> addition, CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> missed CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> months CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2014 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> broken CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> hand CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Johnny CLASS="highlight"> Cueto CLASS="highlight"> pitch, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2017 CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> groin CLASS="highlight"> strain CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> fractured CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> thumb CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> diving CLASS="highlight"> catch CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> missed CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> weeks.

    "The CLASS="highlight"> elbow CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> one, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> harp CLASS="highlight"> on," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Pollock. CLASS="highlight"> "The CLASS="highlight"> [2010] CLASS="highlight"> surgery CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> wasn't CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> way. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> ended CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> re-breaking. CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> rock CLASS="highlight"> solid CLASS="highlight"> now, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> surgeon CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> unbelievable CLASS="highlight"> job. CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> positive CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> elbow CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> Sometimes CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> impact CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> happen CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> freak CLASS="highlight"> things. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> healthy, CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> body CLASS="highlight"> feels CLASS="highlight"> great. CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> ready CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> workload CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> want. CLASS="highlight"> I've CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> dealing CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> injury CLASS="highlight"> questions CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> entire CLASS="highlight"> free-agency CLASS="highlight"> process, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> nothing CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> lingering. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">"

    Pollock's CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> completely CLASS="highlight"> healthy CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> breakthrough—All-Star, CLASS="highlight"> Gold CLASS="highlight"> Glove, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> highs CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> (157), CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> (.315), CLASS="highlight"> extra-base CLASS="highlight"> hits CLASS="highlight"> (65) CLASS="highlight"> stolen CLASS="highlight"> bases CLASS="highlight"> (39) CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> OPS CLASS="highlight"> (.865). CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> watching CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> homering CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> wasn't CLASS="highlight"> convincing CLASS="highlight"> enough, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> input CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> new CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> coach, CLASS="highlight"> Robert CLASS="highlight"> Van CLASS="highlight"> Scoyoc, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> offseason CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> D-backs.

    "[Pollock] CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Robert CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> connected CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> year," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Andrew CLASS="highlight"> Friedman, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers' CLASS="highlight"> president CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> operations. CLASS="highlight"> "[Pollock] CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> intellectual CLASS="highlight"> curiosity. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> searching CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> ways CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> improve CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> there's CLASS="highlight"> potentially CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> there. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> provides CLASS="highlight"> value CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> phases CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> fits CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> core CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> nucleus CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> well. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> adds CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> value CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> ways."

    And CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> excited CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> expects CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> World CLASS="highlight"> Series CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> year, CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> spending CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> chasing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers.

    "Every CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> step CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> anticipate CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> they'll CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> cool. CLASS="highlight"> Not CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> whole CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> teams CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that," CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "They CLASS="highlight"> expect CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> World CLASS="highlight"> Series CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> World CLASS="highlight"> Series. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> [Clayton] CLASS="highlight"> Kershaw CLASS="highlight"> steps CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> there, CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> animal CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> expects CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> side, CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> sure." CLASS="highlight"> (K CLASS="highlight"> Gurnick CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Feb CLASS="highlight"> 9, CLASS="highlight"> 2019)

  • After CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> daughter CLASS="highlight"> Maddie CLASS="highlight"> (all CLASS="highlight"> 22 CLASS="highlight"> ounces CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> her) CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> born CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> months CLASS="highlight"> premature CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> recovered CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bout CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> COVID-19 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> repeated CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> neo-natal CLASS="highlight"> unit, CLASS="highlight"> A.J. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Kate CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> talked CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 2020 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> bigger CLASS="highlight"> priorities. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    “I CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> harder,” CLASS="highlight"> A.J. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> decision CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> report CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Summer CLASS="highlight"> Camp CLASS="highlight"> 2020. CLASS="highlight"> “Kate CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> athlete CLASS="highlight"> (lacrosse CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Notre CLASS="highlight"> Dame). CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> brought CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> her, CLASS="highlight"> she CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> ‘Do CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> winning CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> World CLASS="highlight"> Series CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> couch?’ CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> ‘I CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> what’s CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> what’s CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Maddie.’

    “Getting CLASS="highlight"> coronavirus CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> perspective. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> staying CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> careful CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> whenever CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Kate CLASS="highlight"> wants CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> play. CLASS="highlight"> Talked CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> doctor. CLASS="highlight"> Everyone CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> decision CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> helps CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> whole CLASS="highlight"> family’s CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> board CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">”

    Pollock CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> typical CLASS="highlight"> COVID CLASS="highlight"> symptoms—headache, CLASS="highlight"> body CLASS="highlight"> aches, CLASS="highlight"> congestion, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> loss CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> smell. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> 14 CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> without CLASS="highlight"> seeing CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> newborn, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> quarantined CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> hospitalized, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> thriving. CLASS="highlight"> She’s CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> 8 CLASS="highlight"> pounds. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> she CLASS="highlight"> looks CLASS="highlight"> “like CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> normal CLASS="highlight"> baby, CLASS="highlight"> she’s CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> cute” CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> she CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> tested CLASS="highlight"> positive CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> COVID-19.

    That CLASS="highlight"> doesn’t CLASS="highlight"> mean CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> haven’t CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> “you CLASS="highlight"> wonder CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> future CLASS="highlight"> [for CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> daughter] CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> like.  CLASS="highlight"> It’s CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> wild CLASS="highlight"> ride,” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “It’s CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> emotional, CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> frustrating, CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> scary. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> she’s CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> place CLASS="highlight"> now.” 

    Pollock CLASS="highlight"> speculates CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> caught CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> virus CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hospital. CLASS="highlight"> By CLASS="highlight"> Day CLASS="highlight"> 10 CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> testing CLASS="highlight"> positive, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> working CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> gym. CLASS="highlight"> He’s CLASS="highlight"> hopeful CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> join CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> L.A. CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> month. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> “It CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> strange. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> I’ve CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> Kate CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Arizona—she’s CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> grinding CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> now,” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “She’s CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hospital CLASS="highlight"> maybe CLASS="highlight"> 10 CLASS="highlight"> hours CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> day. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> mentally CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> hard, CLASS="highlight"> knowing CLASS="highlight"> she’s CLASS="highlight"> there. CLASS="highlight"> It’s CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> nice CLASS="highlight"> escape CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> tough CLASS="highlight"> thinking CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> wife CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> through. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">”

    When CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> cleared CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> report CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Summer CLASS="highlight"> Camp, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> immediately CLASS="highlight"> inserted CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> intrasquad CLASS="highlight"> games. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> “short CLASS="highlight"> runway” CLASS="highlight"> experience CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> returning CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> numerous CLASS="highlight"> injuries, CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> confident CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> ready CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> opens. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    “I’m CLASS="highlight"> excited CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> amazing CLASS="highlight"> players,” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “We’ll CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> shakes CLASS="highlight"> out. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> takes CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> whole CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we’ve CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> depth. CLASS="highlight"> There CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> at-bats CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> around. CLASS="highlight"> It’ll CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> fun.”  CLASS="highlight"> (Gurnick CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 7/17/2020)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 20, CLASS="highlight"> 2009: CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Diamondbacks CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bonus CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> $1.4 CLASS="highlight"> million. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team's CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> pick, CLASS="highlight"> number CLASS="highlight"> 17 CLASS="highlight"> overall CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> draft, CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> University CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Notre CLASS="highlight"> Dame. Mike CLASS="highlight"> Daughtry CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> A.J.

  • February CLASS="highlight"> 8, CLASS="highlight"> 2016: CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Diamondbacks CLASS="highlight"> avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> two-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> worth CLASS="highlight"> $10. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">2 CLASS="highlight"> million.

  • Jan CLASS="highlight"> 12, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: CLASS="highlight"> A.J. CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> D-backs CLASS="highlight"> avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration, CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> worth CLASS="highlight"> $7. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">7 CLASS="highlight"> million.

  • Oct CLASS="highlight"> 29, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: CLASS="highlight"> A.J. CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agency.

  • Jan. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 24, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> Free-agent CLASS="highlight"> outfielder CLASS="highlight"> A.J. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers CLASS="highlight"> agreed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> four-year CLASS="highlight"> deal. CLASS="highlight"> Pollock CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> opt CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> years, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> earn CLASS="highlight"> $55 CLASS="highlight"> million CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> stays CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> $60 CLASS="highlight"> million CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> exercises CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fifth-year CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> option. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> there's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> $5 CLASS="highlight"> million CLASS="highlight"> buyout CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fifth CLASS="highlight"> year. 
Batting
  • Pollock is a blue-collar player with great makeup and excellent instincts in all phases of the game.

  • A.J. has a simple approach at the plate with pure hitting ability and a quick bat. His hands are strong and quick, and he is a pure righthanded hitter.

    He doesn't have one standout tool, but he can do a bit of everything on the field and has the baseball instincts to play above his raw physical ability. He has feel for hitting and is an aggressive within the strike zone. His power is below average, so he projects more as a line-drive hitter who uses the gaps rather than a major home run threat.

  • He has strong hands, fine bat speed and a compact righthanded line drive stroke that lines shots from gap to gap.

    A.J. is steady, not spectacular. He has no glaring weaknesses, but no real carrying tool—just steady across the board.

  • Pollock is a bit like Jacoby Ellsbury. He can hit, has some power, runs fast, and is very good defensively. 

  • A.J. hits better with wood bat. He was the MVP in the Cape Cod League in 2008, because he doesn't cheat out on his front side for power like he does with metal in his hands. His best tool is his bat, as his bat speed, strong hands and up-the-middle, line-drive approach should allow him to hit for a high average.

    But his swing can get flat, limiting his power. His power is mostly for doubles, with a few home runs and a whole lot of doubles.

  • Pollock drives the ball to all fields. He is better hitting lefties than he is on righties.

  • Pollock's approach at the plate is simple, uncomplicated and very quiet. There are no extraneous movements. His swing does not have much loft, resulting in line drives as opposed to long home runs. But he can take the ball over the fence.  He's strong and he has quick hands and wrists. He's a pure barrel-of-the-bat hitter.

    Putting most of his weight on his back foot, Pollock gets proper balance and torque on a consistent swing that is appropriately measured and mechanically sound. His swing results in a lively bat. His speed results in hustle doubles. His history shows he will hit triples as well.

  • In 2015, Pollock had 30 doubles and 30 stolen bases—the second player in franchise history to accomplish that feat. Eric Byrnes had 30 doubles and 50 steals in 2007.  (Bondy - mlb.com - 8/22/15)

  • As of the start of the 2021 season, Pollock's career Major League stats were: .279 batting average, 105 home runs and 776 hits with 345 RBI in 2,781 at-bats.

Fielding
  • A.J. can do a good job on defense at any position on the field. He is especially adept in center field, where he has a solid arm for the position, gets good reads on the ball off the bat, and has real good instincts, covering a lot of ground.

    "I like to be in the middle—be a quarterback in the outfield," Pollock said.

  • Pollock has enough arm to play right field, too.

  • In 2013, Pollock's most substantial contributions have come with him ranging in all directions to make plays in center field. According to FanGraphs, his ultimate zone rating—a stat that factors in all aspects of a player's defensive prowess—is second best in the Major Leagues at 18.2, trailing only Carlos Gomez of the Brewers.

    "He's our best center fielder, he just goes and gets the ball," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We knew that when we drafted him, and he's been good everywhere he has went. He's got a great attitude and he's a sponge. He's not looking at learning tomorrow, he's looking at learning today."

    GOLD GLOVER

  • In 2015, Pollock won his first Rawlings Gold Glove as the top center fielder in the NL.
Running
  • A.J. is an above average runner with plus speed once he gets under way. He is a 55 or 60 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, with very good instincts on the bases and in center field.
  • He runs the bases very well. He makes the most of his average speed. And steals more than his share of bases.
  • In 2014, he's the fastest guy on the Diamondbacks and a very good base-stealer.
  • In 2015, he stole 39 bases.
Career Injury Report
  • March 2010: Pollock underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured growth plate in his right elbow, missing the entire season.

    A.J. injured the elbow while trying to make a sliding catch against the center field fence during a minor league exhibition game. He put his arm out to brace himself and the growth plate opened up and a piece of that bone came off. Surgeons went in, put the bone back in place and put a pin in the elbow. There was no ligament damage.

    Pollock had a fractured growth plate in his right elbow.

  • June 1-Sept. 2, 2014: Pollock required surgery on his right hand and went on the D.L. after suffering a fractured fourth metacarpal bone when he was hit by a pitch against the Reds. 

  • March 10, 2016: Pollock said he is not concerned about the elbow soreness that has limited his playing time this spring. A.J. underwent an MRI. D-backs manager Chip Hale said that the MRI showed no structural issues and that Pollock would likely be out of the lineup for just a few days.

    "He takes too many tees and flips in the cage and throws too much, and his right arm is getting fatigued," Hale said. "We're going to dial it back and let him build it back up, and try to keep away from any extra use of it."

  • April 5-August 26, 2016: Pollock suffered a fractured right elbow on a play at the plate against the Royals in a spring exhibition game; he was placed on the 60-Day D.L. 

    A.J. underwent successful surgery on his elbow. The procedure was performed by team physicians Don Sheridan and Gary Waslewski. A plate was placed on the olecranon fracture (tip of the elbow), and no timetable has yet been given for Pollock's return, though last week the outfielder said he hoped to be back before the end of the regular season.  This was Pollock's second surgery on the elbow, as he also suffered a fracture in it in March 2010.

    April 10, 2016:  While he feels good about A.J. Pollock's chances of eventually returning to the diamond at some point, hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan was reluctant to put a time frame on it. 

    "If everything goes extremely well, it's going to be at least three months before A.J. is going to be released to start baseball activities," Sheridan said. "It could be the entire season."

  • May 15-July 4, 2017: Pollock was on the DL with a strained right groin.

  • May 15-July 2, 2018: Pollock was on the DL with left thumb fracture. 

  • April 30-July 12, 2019: Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock went on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow inflammation and bacterial infection. Pollock has had two operations on the elbow, which was fractured in 2010 and required a plate and screws to repair. In 2016, it was discovered that the elbow broke again. One of the screws was compromised and a second operation was necessary that also replaced the plate. 

    May 2, 2019: A.J. underwent surgery on his right elbow to remove hardware from a previous operation.

    Typical hardware removals require one to two months of recovery before a player can return to competition to assure the holes in the bone where the screws were removed are fully healed. Hardware is sometimes left on the bone for added protection, and because removal can be more trouble than it’s worth. This will be the third operation on Pollock’s right elbow since 2010.

    May 6, 2019: Pollock needs six additional weeks due to the staph infection in his right elbow that put him on the injured list. Pollock needs that much time for intravenous antibiotics to fully rid his body of the infection that put him in the hospital and led to a third operation on the elbow.

  • Aug 5, 2019: A.J. missed three games with groin discomfort. “This groin issue he’s been dealing with, still feels it a little bit, we’ll re-evaluate", said manager Dave Roberts