Prospect Review – A.J. Pollock – OF – ARI

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The Basics
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round (#17) of the 2009 Amateur Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks
Age: 22


2009 – South Bend (Midwest League – D’backs A) – 63 games

  • .271/.319/.376
  • 3 HR, 22 RBI, 10 stolen bases
  • 16 walks, 36 strikeouts
  • .306 BABIP

Baseball America – #3 (ARI – 2010)
Baseball Prospectus – #5 (ARI – 2010) – 3 star
John Sickels – #4 (ARI – 2010) – B-


Pollock was drafted in the 1st round of the ’09 draft out of the University of Notre Dame. During his time at the University, he was a well-rounded hitter, posting a .365/.445/.610 line with 10 homers and 21 stolen bases in only 55 games. The Diamondbacks responded by leaving him to play in South Bend, where he posted a respectable .271/.309/.376 line.

Pollock appears to have solid speed, posting double-digit stolen bases in each of his college seasons, as well as his first pro season. I can see him being a 25-40 stolen base threat in the Major Leagues potentially.

He also has very good plate discipline, walking more than he struck out each season in college. He didn’t quite translate that skill at South Bend, but should improve on that next season.

I don’t foresee him having a lot of power in the Majors, as he’s never really shown a lot of power. I could see him having line-drive power, which may eventually translate into some type of home run power, but probably not until he’s 26-27 at the soonest, if ever. But he could definitely end up as a double-digit homerun hitter in the Majors, which paired with 25+ stolen bases and a .275 average, would definitely make a solid Major League center fielder.


He is profiling as a leadoff hitting center fielder to me, or possibly a #2 hitter depending on who is at the top of the order. I don’t foresee him being elite at anything really in the Majors, but I can definitely see him being a solid regular for a long time. The Diamondbacks can really take their time on him, as all 3 of their regular Major League outfielders are all still fairly young (Justin Upton, Chris Young, Conor Jackson). I would imagine he will start next season at the Diamondbacks High-A affiliate, with possibly a promotion to AA later on in the season if he performs well.

Prediction for 2010

.290/.365/.420, 10 homeruns, 25 stolen bases (High-A)

Expected ETA

2013. Maybe 2012 if he advances through the minors faster than a level per season.

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One response to “Prospect Review – A.J. Pollock – OF – ARI

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