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A.J. Pollock

#8 | DH/LF/RF
Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners
A.J. Pollock
Name: Allen Lorenz Pollock
Born: Dec 5, 1987 in Hebron, CT
High School: Notre Dame (Ill.) HS
College: Notre Dame
High School: RHAM HS, Hebron, Conn.
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 212 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (17th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 (signed for $1,400,000)
Pollock hasn't performed as well this spring as he did last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he was the MVP after finishing second in hitting (.377) and first in slugging (.556). While there's debate as to whether he's a true first-round talent, with a shortage of quality college hitters he should get selected in the bottom third of the round. Six-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Pollock stands out most for his athleticism and pure hitting ability from the right side. He has a simple approach, a quick bat and strong hands. Scouts do say he'll have to stop cheating out on his front side and stay back more on pitches in pro ball. Those who like Pollock say that the rest of his tools are solid, while those who don't say he doesn't have another plus tool and question his power. He projects as a 30 doubles/15 homers threat in the majors, and he's a slightly above-average runner who has plus speed once he gets going. Pollock also has good instincts and a solid arm in center field.
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