MLB: AZ Diamondbacks A J Pollock
Paul Goldschmidt of the AZ Diamondbacks warrants all the local and national attention he has been given. With the outstanding numbers he has put up so far this season, he has kept this team around the .500 mark and recently took over the lead in All Star balloting for the starting position at first base for the National League.
However, one additional player that might justify similar attention is A. J. Pollock. Through Wednesday’s game Pollock is hitting .310 with 77 hits, eight homeruns and 31 RBI. He also has 13 doubles, two triples and 14 stolen bases. His defense is outstanding as well, with 144 putouts and three assists. He has had a breakout 2015 season and although it will be difficult to accomplish, he is making a case that he is worthy of consideration for the All-Star Game this season.
Pollock, a first round pick for the Diamondbacks back in 2009 out of Norte Dame, moved through the minors gradually and made his Major League debut in June of 2012. He posted good minor league numbers, but nothing suggested that he would be one of the most productive bats for the Diamondbacks. Pollock’s production ultimately led to the trading of Adam Eaton in December of 2013, as the Diamondbacks felt Pollock needed to play every day in center field. He puts the bat on the ball, is a smart baserunner and is a heads-up outfield player. He is currently on pace to put up career bests in almost every statistical category.
Maybe when it comes time to vote in the final player by internet or text for the NL All Star Game roster, fans from all across the MLB cities will recognize and vote in the name A. J. Pollock.
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