A.J. Pollock, Center Field, Arizona Diamondbacks, #11
Date of Birth: 12/5/1987
Birthplace: Hebron, Connecticut
College: University of Notre Dame
A.J. Pollock, center fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks, played at the University of Notre Dame prior to being drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2009. He played in the minor leagues in 2009 and from 2011 through most of 2012, finishing with a .303 batting average.
Pollock played in just 31 games with the Diamondbacks in 2012. In 2013, his first full season in the major leagues, he batted .269 with 119 hits and 28 doubles in 137 games. He played in just 75 games in 2014 and he finished the season with 80 hits, 19 doubles, 14 stolen bases, and a .302 batting average.
Pollock played in 157 games with the Diamondbacks in 2015. He had a strong season, finishing with 192 hits, 39 doubles, 20 home runs, 39 stolen bases, 76 RBIs, and a .315 batting average. Defensively, in left field, he made 347 putouts and 3 errors in 151 games and he had a .992 fielding percentage. He was awarded his first Gold Glove in 2015.
Pollock suffered a right elbow break in Spring training and he missed most of the 2016 season. He returned at the end of the season for 12 games.
In 2017, Pollock batted .266 in 112 games with the Diamondbacks. He finished the season with 113 hits, 33 doubles, 14 home runs, 49 RBIs, and 71 strikeouts to 35 walks. Defensively, as the Diamondbacks' center fielder in 109 games, he made 213 putouts and 1 error. In the postseason, he had 3 hits (a double, a triple, and a home run) and 3 RBIs in 14 at-bats in 4 games. He struck out 4 times and walked twice.
Career batting statistics for Pollock through 2017 include:
- 524 games played
- 534 hits
- 123 doubles
- 199 RBIs
- 307 strikeouts to 154 walks
- 90 stolen bases
- .286 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Pollock as a center fielder through 2017 include:
- 464 games played
- 1,022 putouts
- 7 errors
- .993 fielding percentage