Pollock Finally Gets Back On The Field

PHOENIX—A.J. Pollock was putting up the kind of production he wanted when he got on the field this season. It just took him a little while to get there.

Pollock batted .313/.389/.406 in the prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League, his first playing time of 2010 after he fractured a growth plate in his right elbow when he attempted to make a diving catch in a spring training game in early March.

"This was a big deal for me. My season was playing in the fall league," Pollock said. "For awhile there, I wasn't even sure if I was going to play this year, so I came in with no expectations. I'm just happy I got out here and played some games.

"It would be kind of strange not playing a game the whole season, so coming out here and seeing the competition I'm facing is a big step for me. Going into the season next year, I am just going to have so much more confidence, because you know you've faced guys who are on the verge of making the big leagues."

Pollock, 23, had six doubles and nine RBIs in his first 15 games, almost all in center field and near the top of the order. He also led Scottsdale with seven stolen bases and was never thrown out. The 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Notre Dame, Pollock didn't have to go far for his pro debut, batting .271/.319/.376 with 12 doubles and 10 stolen bases in 63 games at low Class A South Bend.

"He's making the jump at this level, competing with all these guys, and he's fitting right in," said Scottsdale hitting coach Alan Zinter, who has been the hitting coach at high Class A Visalia the last two years. "He's hitting the ball well. He's driving the ball to all fields. It's been a good time for him. He's digging in with some confidence and doing the right things, and he's gotten a lot better."

Pollock, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, is also playing with confidence on defense. He made a diving attempt for a ball in the fall league, the same kind of play when he got injured, and came through it fine. "Diving is something I am going to have to get over a little bit," he said. "The more you do it, the more you realize you are healthy, you are fine, you can do whatever you want."

Snake Bites

• Rico Brogna resigned as farm director on Nov. 15, just four weeks after he accepted the job, and was replaced by Mike Bell. Brogna opened last season as manager at Double-A Mobile and moved into the front office when Jerry Dipoto was promoted. Bell was the minor league field coordinator last season after managing Visalia in 2007-09.

• Arizona traded 19-year-old righthander Scott Allen to the Yankees for first baseman Juan Miranda, 29. Miranda, who was signed out of Cuba in 2006, has batted .287/.374/.481 with 46 home runs in 301 Triple-A games but had little hope of major league playing time with the Yankees.