A. J. Pollock

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A. J. Pollock
AJ Pollock.jpg
Pollock with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 11
Center fielder
Born: (1987-12-05) December 5, 1987 (age 27)
Hebron, Connecticut
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 2012 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through September 1, 2015)
Batting average .295
Home runs 32
Runs batted in 130
Stolen bases 60
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2011 Guadalajara National team

Allen Lorenz "A. J." Pollock (born December 5, 1987) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball.

High school career[edit]

Born and raised in Hebron, Connecticut, Pollock attended RHAM High School in Hebron, Connecticut. At RHAM High, Pollock was a four-year letter winner as a shortstop, played varsity soccer as a freshman, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Pollock was Gatorade Player of the Year in Connecticut, receiving the most votes for a Connecticut player since 1974, and was also named state player of the year in 2006 by the coaches association. As captain of the team, Pollock batted .462 and also held a 1.62 ERA as a pitcher, leading RHAM to three conference titles and a state title in 2004.

College career[edit]

Pollock attended the University of Notre Dame, where he played college baseball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as an outfielder and third baseman. Pollock was named a Freshman All-American, leading the team with a .372 batting average. Pollock was rated by Baseball America before his sophomore season as the league's second-best 2009 MLB prospect and best pure hitter. During his sophomore season, Pollock hit .352 and led the team in hitting and stolen bases and was a First-Team All-Big East as a center fielder. Pollock then played in the summer for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League where he hit .377 and was named MVP of the league. In his junior season at Notre Dame, Pollock hit .365, had an on-base percentage of .443, and a slugging percentage of .610. Pollock also made no errors in 159 chances and stole 21 bases in 25 tries. Pollock became second player ever to lead the team in batting average for three consecutive years.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Pollock in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.[3]

Pollock was called up to the majors for the first time on April 18, 2012 and made his debut that day.[4] Batting as a pinch hitter for Justin Upton, Pollock collected his first career MLB hit, a single, on April 23 against the Phillies. He would play in 31 games that season for the Diamondbacks, batting .247 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI.

In 2013 Pollock batted .269 with 8 home runs and 38 RBI over the course of 137 games.

Pollock missed the second half of the 2014 season with an injury.[5] Up to that point in the season, he was batting .302. In 2015, he was named a National League All-Star.[6]

International career[edit]

Pollock played for the United States national baseball team at the 2011 Pan American Games.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Pollock became engaged to his girlfriend, Kate, in March 2014. They met at Notre Dame, where Kate played for the lacrosse team.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A.J. Pollock". Baseball-Reference.com. 
  2. ^ "A.J. Pollock Bio - UND.COM - University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site". und.com. 
  3. ^ Jeff Jeffers. "AJ Pollock drafted by Diamondbacks". wndu.com. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Pollock called up, makes first big league start". Arizona Diamondbacks. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Diamondbacks A.J. Pollock Values Defense Above All Else". tribunedigital-thecourant. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ Nick Piecoro, azcentral sports (July 6, 2015). "Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock makes All-Star team". azcentral. 
  7. ^ "USA Baseball Announces 2011 World Cup/Pan Am Roster and Schedule". collegebaseballdaily.com. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Pollock proposes during trip to Australia". Arizona Diamondbacks. 

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