Brett Butler didn’t want to put any unnecessary pressure on outfielder A.J. Pollock, but he couldn’t help himself as he gushed over one of the Diamondbacks’ better prospects.

“He’s Mike Trout without the pop,” said Butler, the former longtime major-league outfielder and manager of the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate in Reno.

Trout, of course, quickly became a superstar in the majors last season in his first year with the Angels. He finished second in balloting for the American League’s Most Valuable Player award and easily won Rookie of the Year.

“That’s a pretty nice compliment by Bugsy,” Pollock said of Butler. “Trout is a gamer, and the thing I admire about him the most and hope why he would compare me to that is because no matter what that guy is doing, he’s going to try and beat you. He’s an ultracompetitor, and that’s what I’ve always tried to be.

“(Butler) is just saying he probably sees some similarities but Trout, that guy’s one of the best in the game. I’d love to have some of my game resemble what he does. He has stuff that a lot of people can’t do. I’m going to be my own player, but I’d love to resemble that.”

First, however, Pollock has to get his shot to play every day in the majors. Right now, that’s not looking too good considering all the depth Arizona has in the outfield.