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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
456 .257 15 57 54 18 101 1.7
Birth Date12-5-1987
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age31 years, 2 months, 13 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
4.42015
0.52016
1.72017
1.32018
1.72019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2012 ARI 24 31 93 20 4 1 2 9 11 0 1 2 .247 .315 .395 91 -0.9 -1.5 1.0 0.1
2013 ARI 25 137 482 119 28 5 8 33 82 2 12 3 .269 .322 .409 94 -2.6 2.8 -3.5 1.1
2014 ARI 26 75 287 80 19 6 7 19 46 2 14 3 .302 .353 .498 111 3.4 1.9 -2.5 1.2
2015 ARI 27 157 673 192 39 6 20 53 89 2 39 7 .315 .367 .498 124 21.3 7.9 -7.9 4.4
2016 ARI 28 12 46 10 0 0 2 5 8 0 4 0 .244 .326 .390 99 0.0 1.8 1.5 0.5
2017 ARI 29 112 466 113 33 6 14 35 71 6 20 6 .266 .330 .471 100 1.6 0.7 0.3 1.7
2018 ARI 30 113 460 106 21 5 21 31 100 8 13 2 .257 .316 .484 106 4.9 1.1 -7.6 1.3
Career637250764014429741854072010323.281.338.46710727.714.6-18.710.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2009 SBN A 63 277 .256 .326 .378 .304 106 2.7 8.3 0.6 110 0 11.3 2.9 -1.1 2.3
2011 MOB AA 133 608 .262 .336 .395 .346 108 12 17.9 1.2 124 0 -14.9 1.6 6.9 1.3
2012 ARI MLB 31 93 .258 .318 .415 .257 104 -0.6 2.5 0 91 13 1.0 -1.5 -0.9 0.1
2012 RNO AAA 106 471 .281 .342 .432 .353 112 0.7 14.0 -1.1 101 0 -0.7 3.4 -5.7 1.0
2013 ARI MLB 137 482 .251 .311 .388 .314 103 -0.4 12.7 0.9 94 8 -3.5 2.8 -2.6 1.1
2014 ARI MLB 75 287 .251 .309 .392 .344 107 12.9 7.4 0.6 111 8 -2.5 1.9 3.4 1.2
2014 RNO AAA 13 52 .277 .337 .427 .174 100 -6.6 1.5 0.1 39 0 1.5 1.1 -3.3 0.1
2014 DIA Rk 2 4 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 90 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2015 ARI MLB 157 673 .254 .314 .400 .338 101 30.2 18.2 1.6 124 9 -7.9 7.9 21.3 4.4
2016 ARI MLB 12 46 .250 .317 .410 .258 102 -0.4 1.3 0.1 99 12 1.5 1.8 0.0 0.5
2016 VIS A+ 6 20 .250 .314 .378 .385 98 4.6 0.6 -0.2 240 0 0.1 -0.2 2.2 0.3
2016 RNO AAA 4 20 .271 .333 .421 .438 117 3.3 0.6 0.1 165 0 -0.6 0.2 1.1 0.1
2016 DIA Rk 2 7 .287 .314 .393 .333 99 0.2 0.2 -0.1 134 0 0.0 0.6 -0.1 0.1
2017 ARI MLB 112 466 .255 .321 .428 .291 98 12.7 13.6 1.1 100 7 0.3 0.7 1.6 1.7
2017 RNO AAA 7 22 .278 .367 .453 .214 115 1.8 0.7 0.1 137 0 -0.5 0.3 0.7 0.1
2018 ARI MLB 113 460 .243 .311 .399 .284 101 8.3 12.9 1.2 106 7 -7.6 1.1 4.9 1.3
2018 RNO AAA 2 8 .275 .331 .449 .400 94 2.2 0.2 0 149 0 -0.7 0.1 0.4 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2009 SBN A 277 255 36 69 12 3 3 96 22 16 36 10 4 .271 .320 .376 .106 1 1
2011 MOB AA 608 550 103 169 41 5 8 244 73 44 86 36 7 .307 .357 .444 .136 9 1
2012 RNO AAA 471 428 65 136 25 3 3 176 52 32 52 21 8 .318 .369 .411 .093 4 2
2012 ARI MLB 93 81 8 20 4 1 2 32 8 9 11 1 2 .247 .315 .395 .148 2 1
2013 ARI MLB 482 443 64 119 28 5 8 181 38 33 82 12 3 .269 .322 .409 .140 1 3
2014 DIA Rk 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .500 .667 .333 0
2014 ARI MLB 287 265 41 80 19 6 7 132 24 19 46 14 3 .302 .353 .498 .196 0
2014 RNO AAA 52 49 4 8 1 1 0 11 9 2 4 0 0 .163 .192 .224 .061 1
2015 ARI MLB 673 609 111 192 39 6 20 303 76 53 89 39 7 .315 .367 .498 .182 9 0
2016 VIS A+ 20 16 3 7 1 0 2 14 4 4 1 1 0 .438 .550 .875 .438 0 0
2016 RNO AAA 20 18 6 8 4 0 1 15 8 2 1 1 1 .444 .500 .833 .389 0 0
2016 ARI MLB 46 41 9 10 0 0 2 16 4 5 8 4 0 .244 .326 .390 .146 0 0
2016 DIA Rk 7 6 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .429 .333 .000 0 0
2017 RNO AAA 22 18 6 5 2 0 2 13 2 4 2 0 0 .278 .409 .722 .444 0 0
2017 ARI MLB 466 425 73 113 33 6 14 200 49 35 71 20 6 .266 .330 .471 .205 0 0
2018 RNO AAA 8 7 3 3 1 0 1 7 3 1 1 1 0 .429 .500 1.000 .571 0 0
2018 ARI MLB 460 413 61 106 21 5 21 200 65 31 100 13 2 .257 .316 .484 .228 7 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2012 361 0.4488 0.4321 0.8782 0.6111 0.2864 0.9596 0.7368 0.1218 -0.0018
2013 1848 0.5043 0.4161 0.8036 0.5687 0.2609 0.8962 0.5983 0.1964 0.0084
2014 1031 0.5112 0.4423 0.8377 0.5806 0.2976 0.9314 0.6467 0.1623 0.0116
2015 2352 0.4668 0.4583 0.8293 0.6357 0.3030 0.9327 0.6395 0.1707 -0.0022
2016 157 0.4395 0.3631 0.8246 0.5217 0.2386 0.9167 0.6667 0.1754 0.0000
2017 1734 0.4706 0.4210 0.8110 0.5907 0.2702 0.9191 0.6008 0.1890 0.0000
2018 1716 0.4633 0.4802 0.7585 0.6704 0.3160 0.8912 0.5155 0.2415 0.0000
Career91990.47820.44240.81030.61110.28840.91570.60590.18970.0023

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-07 2014-09-09 DTD 2 1 - Groin Strain -
2014-06-01 2014-09-02 15-DL 93 79 Right Hand Surgery Fracture - HBP 2014-06-02
2014-05-01 2014-05-04 DTD 3 2 - Groin Strain - -
2014-04-21 2014-04-23 DTD 2 2 - Neck Tightness - -
2013-02-23 2013-02-28 Camp 5 0 - Abdomen Strain - -
2010-04-08 2010-09-06 Minors 151 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Fracture 2010-03-26 -
2010-03-12 2010-03-26 Camp 14 0 Right Elbow Surgery Fracture 2010-03-26 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2023 LAN $5,000,000
2022 LAN $13,000,000
2021 LAN $18,000,000
2020 LAN $15,000,000
2019 LAN $4,000,000
2018 ARI $7,750,000
2017 ARI $6,750,000
2016 ARI $3,500,000
2015 ARI $519,500
2014 ARI $507,000
2013 ARI $491,000
2012 ARI $
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$19,517,500
2018Current$4,000,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$23,517,500
4 yrFuture$51,000,000
11 yrTotal$74,517,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 52 dExcel Sports4 years/$55M (2019-22), 2023 option

Details
  • 4 years/$55M (2019-22), plus 2023 player option. Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/26/19. $12M signing bonus (paid in $4M installments 2/28/19, 5/1/19, 7/1/19). 19:$1M, 20:$12M, 21:$15M, 22:$10M, 23:$10M player option ($5M buyout). 2023 salary increases $1M each for 400, 450, 500, 550, 600 plate appearances in 2022. 2023 salary increases $1M per point based on finish in 2019-22 MVP voting: 5 points for first place, 3 points for second-fifth place, 1 point for sixth-10th place. Pollock may opt out of contract after 2021 season and receive $5M buyout with 1,000 PA in 2020-21 or 1,450 PA in 2019-21. Assignment bonus: $1.5M for each trade.
  • 1 year/$7.75M (2018). Re-signed by Arizona 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration). Arizona made $17.9M qualifying offer 11/2/18.
  • 2 years/$10.25M (2016-17). Signed extension 2/8/16, (avoided arbitration, $3.9M-$3.65M). 16:$3.5M, 17:$6.75M.
  • 1 year/$0.5195M (2015). Re-signed by Arizona 3/6/15.
  • 1 year/$0.507M (2014). Re-signed by Arizona 3/3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.491M (2013). Re-signed by Arizona 3/2/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Arizona 4/18/12.
  • Drafted by Arizona 2009 (1-17) (Notre Dame). $1.4M signing bonus.

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 93 Jacoby Ellsbury 2015 92
2 92 Angel Pagan 2013 102
3 91 Charlie Blackmon 2018 123
4 89 Vernon Wells 2010 121
5 88 Shane Victorino 2012 93
6 86 Alex Rios 2012 124
7 86 Jody Gerut 2009 76
8 85 Terry Moore 1943 0 DNP
9 84 Robin Yount 1987 122
10 84 Lorenzo Cain 2017 119
11 84 Aaron Rowand 2009 87
12 84 Frank Demaree 1941 82
13 83 Elmer Miller 1922 69
14 83 Juan Rivera 2010 103
15 83 Amos Otis 1978 154
16 82 Coco Crisp 2011 96
17 82 Earle Combs 1930 130
18 82 David Murphy 2013 91
19 82 Josh Reddick 2018 106
20 82 Jon Jay 2016 84
21 81 Melky Cabrera 2016 110
22 81 Carl Crawford 2013 99
23 81 Torii Hunter 2007 113
24 81 Johnny Frederick 1933 106
25 81 Ben Francisco 2013 82
26 81 Bernie Williams 2000 130
27 81 Adam Jones 2017 106
28 81 Gary Matthews 2006 113
29 81 Dexter Fowler 2017 118
30 80 Eric Byrnes 2007 107
31 80 Billy Southworth 1924 90
32 80 Kevin Mench 2009 0 DNP
33 80 Rajai Davis 2012 85
34 80 Jerry Mumphrey 1984 104
35 80 Gregor Blanco 2015 103
36 79 Johnny Hopp 1948 89
37 79 Carlos Beltran 2008 121
38 79 Taffy Wright 1943 0 DNP
39 79 Harry Walker 1948 84
40 79 Hideki Matsui 2005 122
41 79 Pete Rose 1972 119
42 79 Moises Alou 1998 150
43 79 Kenny Lofton 1998 102
44 79 Wally Moses 1942 112
45 79 Chet Lemon 1986 105
46 79 Jose Cruz 1979 109
47 79 Jack Tobin 1923 103
48 79 Carlos Lee 2007 122
49 79 Brandon Guyer 2017 81
50 79 Andrew McCutchen 2018 117
51 79 Baby Doll Jacobson 1922 100
52 79 Curt Flood 1969 94
53 79 Jackie Brandt 1965 101
54 79 Michael Cuddyer 2010 106
55 79 Ben Chapman 1940 112
56 78 Denard Span 2015 111
57 78 Marquis Grissom 1998 80
58 78 Del Ennis 1956 94
59 78 David DeJesus 2011 95
60 78 Justin Turner 2016 122
61 78 Bibb Falk 1930 104
62 78 Kevin McReynolds 1991 111
63 78 Don Baylor 1980 91
64 78 Gene Woodling 1954 97
65 78 Austin Jackson 2018 64
66 78 Hunter Pence 2014 113
67 78 Heinie Manush 1933 117
68 78 Wally Moon 1961 128
69 78 Brett Gardner 2015 104
70 78 Bobby Higginson 2002 102
71 78 Ken Griffey 1981 114
72 78 Augie Galan 1943 138
73 78 Al Kaline 1966 153
74 78 Chick Fullis 1932 98
75 78 Wally Judnich 1947 106
76 77 Chris Young 2015 108
77 77 Brandon Phillips 2012 104
78 77 Marlon Byrd 2009 111
79 77 Mark Kotsay 2007 75
80 77 Matt Joyce 2016 121
81 77 Magglio Ordonez 2005 114
82 77 Nate Schierholtz 2015 0 DNP
83 77 Carlos Gomez 2017 101
84 77 Ken Landreaux 1986 88
85 77 Tony Gonzalez 1968 98
86 77 Lloyd McClendon 1990 70
87 77 Rusty Greer 2000 104
88 77 Buddy Bell 1983 112
89 77 Tommy Holmes 1948 111
90 77 Jose Cardenal 1975 122
91 77 Bernard Gilkey 1998 78
92 77 Gabe Gross 2011 0 DNP
93 77 Hoot Evers 1952 100
94 77 Carl Furillo 1953 134
95 77 Shannon Stewart 2005 93
96 77 Aaron Hill 2013 117
97 77 Edd Roush 1924 111
98 77 Minnie Minoso 1957 129
99 77 Tony Oliva 1970 135
100 76 Nate McLouth 2013 98

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 A groin injury prevented Pollock's grand return from being truly grand, but he still offered the usual dynamic power/speed dual threat when he was on the field. Providing nearly 3.0 WARP in just 112 games speaks to the type of player he is, but he has trouble staying in the lineup, having played more than 130 games in just two seasons and having never cracked 100 games in back-to-back years. It's possible that Pollock will never again reach the MVP-caliber heights of his 2015 season, but his all-around game is rare, and a hitter-friendly home ballpark pretties up his raw numbers.
2017 Pollock's busted elbow (for the second time) was effective in foreshadowing the disappointment the Diamondbacks would experience in 2016. He returned in late August to perform reasonably well at the plate, but was shut down again for a strained groin after just two weeks on the active roster, ending his season. Pollock's defense/power/speed combo still makes him one of the National League's most dynamic talents, and after breaking out for 5.2 WARP in 2015 he should be good to go on Opening Day.
2016 If you coded a baseball video game but didn't have the rights to use real major-league player names, A.J. Pollock would be a tremendous Jon Dowd-style knockoff name for Mike Trout. Fortuitously for Arizona, the existent Pollock's real skill set, on a smaller scale, feels comparable to the game's best player: premium center-field defense, speed and extra-base power. His only leg up on Trout's overall game is a noticeably smaller strikeout rate. He is, of course, four years Trout's senior, so 2015 was probably peak Pollock. But with three more years of team control, the Diamondbacks control an underpaid, dynamic outfielder, while most other teams go fish.
2015 Pollock was headed for a breakout season until an inside pitch from Johnny Cueto broke his right hand in late May. The three missed months kept him from chasing a 20/20 season or flagging down the Gold Glove consideration he deserves. He has good contact skills and his power extends beyond the wall thanks to a strong upper-body swing. Pollock can get passive and take strikes that should be offered at. His lower body is relatively quiet through his swing process but once the ball is in play his legs are a tremendous asset. Those last dozen words are true on defense, too: His long limbs allow him to close quickly and provide extended reach. Though he is a heady ballplayer with proficient awareness, he has the occasional misread; however, the physical tools typically bail him out. There will be a lot of turnover in Arizona in 2015, but Pollock should pick up where he left off.
2014 Between the otherworldly Mike Trout and World Series bench player Mike Carp, everybody wants a piece of the fishing action. True to his marine namesake, Pollock isn't a flashy fish but got the job done in a pinch, since he was one of the few Arizonans who didn't take a trip to Disabled List Lane, earning the center field job almost by default. Not that he didn't play well; he did. That and his health and the removal by trade of Adam Eaton will greatly assist Pollock's cause to keep his starting job.
2013 Arizona's second of two consecutive first-round picks in the 2009 draft, Pollock has the talent to be a future cog in a major-league outfield, though the presence of Parra and Pollock's similar skill set clouds his future in Phoenix. Pollock's offensive potential is heavily reliant on bat control to hit 'em where they ain't, and a lack of secondary skills puts tremendous pressure on the bat to continue spraying liners from gap to gap. The Notre Dame product can play all three outfield positions, while his makeup and baseball instincts receive high grades that should allow his performance to outplay his raw tools.
2012 Look up “tweener” in the dictionary, and—well, okay, you probably won’t find a picture of Pollock peering out at you, unless the editor had a large art budget and a keen awareness of Double-A prospects. Still, “tweener” is the term most often associated with Pollock, whose defense in center is still seen as fringy and whose bat isn’t quite big enough for a corner. He proved that he wouldn’t be hampered by any lingering effects of the elbow fracture that cost him all of 2010, upping his average from its 2009 level and stealing bases at an 84 percent clip. However, unless the D-Backs think he projects to replace Chris Young in center, he might be of more value to them as trade bait.
2011 A.J. Pollock missed the entire 2010 season with a fractured elbow. Some think he has potential as a 15-homer, 15-steal hitter with a batting average in the .280-.290 range. Others consider him a tweener, a fourth outfielder with little potential. Last year, we suggested that the reader stay tuned to Pollock's development, and in the absence of any further evidence, we'll repeat that recommendation for 2011.
2010 A budget 2009 first-round pick, A.J. Pollock has drawn mixed forecasts. Some see an outfielder capable of being a .280 to .290 hitter with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases while others feel that he's no more than a hustling tweener. Stay tuned.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2018-09-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of expectations can I have for the White Sox this free agency, when Abreu is still the most lucrative contract in team history? Any non-Machado/Haper FAs you'd like the Sox to go after?
(Kevin from Chicago)
The Abreu fact and all the history it represents in tandem with Eloy being left down in the minors certainly cut against thinking the White Sox will make big moves this offseason. If Eloy had come up and mashed immediately, which was certainly possible, you'd have a better sense of how competitive the team would be for 2019.

I still think it is worth exploring signing both A.J. Pollock and Josh Donaldson, particularly with the idea that injury risk and age brings them down into the realm where you don't have a contract the White Sox perceive as an albatross.

I don't love the pitchers on the free agent market, but I think you can at least hedge against Giolito turning back into a pumpkin / Rodon's health / Kopech's command / Reynaldo's command by signing some decent innings and pair that with an excellent bullpen to attack a weak division as soon as next year.

I...still don't think that's going to happen, sadly. (Nick Schaefer)
2016-05-16 23:00:00 (link to chat)Looking at Swanson's skill set and minor league stats, am I crazy to think that we have a potential A.J. Pollock? Average power and above average speed with that strikeout rate sounds familiar.
(OddBall Herrera from At a Computer)
Swanson's another one I loved last year and will forever be linked to Bregman in my head. They're similar in their polish and general ability to max out their (extremely impressive) natural talent. He's done nothing but improve, most notably in extracting more power out of his swing. It's not easy to make on-the-fly adjustments like that, and he hasn't missed a beat in the last two years I've watched him progress. Offensively I can see some of that comp, though I don't see quite as many bags. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Anthony Alford is getting a lot of hype. What kind of stat line could we see if everything clicks?
(ED from C-falls)
Alford deserves the hype, he's an unbelievable athlete and a former standout football player in Mississippi. My BP colleague Greg Wellemeyer was all over him last spring, so props Greg! A best-case scenario would be a guy who has the speed to swipe 30-40 bases at the big league-level. His speed is going to be his biggest fantasy contribution, but he's got the ability to provide a little pop and hit for a decent average too. If he becomes A.J. Pollock that's the ultimate best-case... (George Bissell)
2015-11-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)David Peralta put up some big 2nd half numbers. His babip was obviously high, but hard hit % and exit velocity were also high. What do you expect from him in 2016? Thanks.
(Bill from Trenton)
Someone asked me who the most underrated player in baseball was right now and my answer was Peralta's OF-mate A.J. Pollock. Now, Peralta isn't likely to break out like Pollock did this year, but I think he has a nice skill set and will be a solid guy for a while. I'd love to see the K rate come down, but it seems like he's trading some Ks for hard contact, and it's worked so far. The tie between Exit Velo and BABIP is loose still, but I don't think he's due for a full-on regression to a replacement level guy. A couple win player, largely on offense, seems about right. (Jeff Long)
2015-03-12 15:00:00 (link to chat)Breakout player pick?
(Ronson from On the Scratches)
A.J. Pollock. I'll say he could hit 3-4 wins if it all comes together. (Andrew Koo)
2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give us any possible breakout candidates for next season from a dynasty baseball league perspective?
(Jake from MI)
I hope A.J. Pollock gets healthy and gets another long look next year, he could be a 15/20 type of guy in that ballpark. Same with his teammate Chris Owings. Those two come quickly to mind. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)What happened to Chris Young (Ari) this year? Will A.J. Pollock and Adam Eaton earn some PT this year?
(Tommy from Flowmont)
Hi Tommy, thanks for the question. I don't think Young ever recovered from his early-season injury. He got off to that great start, then missed a bunch of time, and wasn't right the rest of the year. Seems like the Diamondbacks sold low there, but they know more about their player than I do. Pollock and Eaton are logical candidates to soak up some of his at-bats in 2013. Neither projects as a star but both are as ready as they'll ever be. (Geoff Young)


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