Let's take a closer look at A.J. Pollock and see if there's a case to be made for him to be considered for the 2013 outfield rotation.
Pollock was drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 draft out of Notre Dame, one pick after Bobby Borchering and eight picks before Mike Trout. So he was highly thought of. He passed over the rookie leagues and was sent to South Bend in the Midwest League right after the draft. He didn't exactly tear it up that year but he wasn't horrible either, hitting .271 with an OPS of just .695 and 10 stolen bases. The next year in Spring Training Pollock fractured the growth plate in his elbow which required surgery and cost him the entire 2010 season.
Pollock didn't let that deter him though as he made it back for the Arizona Fall League (hitting .313 playing every other day) and then impressing with a solid pre-season camp before being aggressively sent to AA for the 2011 season. Pollock proceeded to put together a very good season in Mobile hitting .307/.357/.444/.801 with 41 doubles, 5 triples and 8 homers while stealing 36 bases playing center field every day.
Many thought Pollock was getting close to earning a Major League Roster spot. The signing of Jason Kubel nixed that idea as Gerardo Parra became the 4th outfielder and Pollock was sent to AAA Reno. He performed well in Reno but not as well as Adam Eaton who was passing him on the prospect chart and eventually even took over his CF job in preparation for the majors. Pollock meanwhile was called up and down to the big club multiple times throughout the year to fill in for injuries but always for short stints. A couple of times he was called up to play in one game and then sent back down the same day. His AAA season didn't match up with his AA performance but that was to be expected given the constant rotation to the majors, the demotion due to Eaton's emergence, and the mental strain of watching all of his AA and AAA teammates earning Major League jobs while he was left to toil in Reno.
Why Isn't A.J. Pollock Being Considered for the 4th Outfielder?
AZ Snake Pit | Feb 7