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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
424 .256 14 53 50 17 102 1.6
Birth Date12-5-1987
Height6' 1"
Weight212 lbs
Age31 years, 4 months, 15 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
4.42015
0.52016
1.72017
1.32018
1.62019
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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
2019 LAN 31 22 91 20 3 1 2 7 14 1 0 1 .247 .308 .383 83 -2.5 0.0 -3.5 -0.3
Career659259866014730761924212110324.280.337.46410725.114.6-22.210.0

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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2009 SBN A MDW 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 SOU 133 608 .262 .336 .395 .346 108 11.8 17.9 1.2 124 0 -14.9 1.6 6.9 1.3
2012 ARI MLB NL 31 93 .258 .318 .415 .257 105 -0.7 2.5 0 91 13 1.0 -1.5 -0.9 0.1
2012 RNO AAA PCL 106 471 .281 .342 .432 .353 111 1.1 14.0 -1.1 101 0 -0.7 3.4 -5.7 1.0
2013 ARI MLB NL 137 482 .251 .311 .388 .314 103 -0.1 12.7 0.9 94 8 -3.5 2.8 -2.6 1.1
2014 ARI MLB NL 75 287 .251 .309 .392 .344 108 12.4 7.4 0.6 111 8 -2.5 1.9 3.4 1.2
2014 RNO AAA PCL 13 52 .277 .337 .427 .174 99 -6.6 1.5 0.1 39 0 1.5 1.1 -3.3 0.1
2014 DIA Rk AZL 2 4 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 90 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2015 ARI MLB NL 157 673 .254 .314 .400 .338 98 32.2 18.2 1.6 124 9 -7.9 7.9 21.3 4.4
2016 ARI MLB NL 12 46 .250 .317 .410 .258 101 -0.4 1.3 0.1 99 12 1.5 1.8 0.0 0.5
2016 VIS A+ CAL 6 20 .250 .314 .378 .385 97 4.7 0.6 -0.2 240 0 0.1 -0.2 2.2 0.3
2016 RNO AAA PCL 4 20 .271 .333 .421 .438 112 3.5 0.6 0.1 165 0 -0.6 0.2 1.1 0.1
2016 DIA Rk AZL 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 NL 112 466 .255 .321 .428 .291 98 12.5 13.6 1.1 100 7 0.3 0.7 1.6 1.7
2017 RNO AAA PCL 7 22 .278 .367 .453 .214 113 1.8 0.7 0.1 137 0 -0.5 0.3 0.7 0.1
2018 ARI MLB NL 113 460 .243 .311 .399 .284 100 8.8 12.9 1.2 106 7 -7.6 1.1 4.9 1.3
2018 RNO AAA PCL 2 8 .275 .331 .449 .400 94 2.2 0.2 0 149 0 -0.7 0.1 0.4 0.0
2019 LAN MLB NL 22 91 .238 .320 .412 .269 98 -0.4 2.6 0.2 83 19 -3.5 0.0 -2.5 -0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2009 SBN A MDW 277 255 36 69 12 3 3 96 22 16 36 10 4 .271 .320 .376 .106 1 1
2011 MOB AA SOU 608 550 103 169 41 5 8 244 73 44 86 36 7 .307 .357 .444 .136 9 1
2012 RNO AAA PCL 471 428 65 136 25 3 3 176 52 32 52 21 8 .318 .369 .411 .093 4 2
2012 ARI MLB NL 93 81 8 20 4 1 2 32 8 9 11 1 2 .247 .315 .395 .148 2 1
2013 ARI MLB NL 482 443 64 119 28 5 8 181 38 33 82 12 3 .269 .322 .409 .140 1 3
2014 DIA Rk AZL 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .500 .667 .333 0
2014 ARI MLB NL 287 265 41 80 19 6 7 132 24 19 46 14 3 .302 .353 .498 .196 0
2014 RNO AAA PCL 52 49 4 8 1 1 0 11 9 2 4 0 0 .163 .192 .224 .061 1
2015 ARI MLB NL 673 609 111 192 39 6 20 303 76 53 89 39 7 .315 .367 .498 .182 9 0
2016 VIS A+ CAL 20 16 3 7 1 0 2 14 4 4 1 1 0 .438 .550 .875 .438 0 0
2016 RNO AAA PCL 20 18 6 8 4 0 1 15 8 2 1 1 1 .444 .500 .833 .389 0 0
2016 ARI MLB NL 46 41 9 10 0 0 2 16 4 5 8 4 0 .244 .326 .390 .146 0 0
2016 DIA Rk AZL 7 6 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .429 .333 .000 0 0
2017 RNO AAA PCL 22 18 6 5 2 0 2 13 2 4 2 0 0 .278 .409 .722 .444 0 0
2017 ARI MLB NL 466 425 73 113 33 6 14 200 49 35 71 20 6 .266 .330 .471 .205 0 0
2018 RNO AAA PCL 8 7 3 3 1 0 1 7 3 1 1 1 0 .429 .500 1.000 .571 0 0
2018 ARI MLB NL 460 413 61 106 21 5 21 200 65 31 100 13 2 .257 .316 .484 .228 7 1
2019 LAN MLB NL 91 81 12 20 3 1 2 31 14 7 14 0 1 .247 .308 .383 .136 2 0

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
2019 286 0.4825 0.4580 0.8244 0.6594 0.2703 0.9231 0.6000 0.1756 0.0000
Career94850.47830.44290.81070.61260.28790.91590.60570.18930.0023

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
2019Current$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.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 472 65 122 27 3 17 62 40 89 21 5 .289 .358 .488 121 35.7 CF -3 3.2
80o 455 61 114 25 3 16 58 37 88 19 4 .279 .346 .473 114 29.6 CF -3 2.6
70o 443 58 107 23 3 15 55 35 87 18 4 .268 .334 .454 110 25.4 CF -3 2.2
60o 433 55 102 22 3 14 53 33 86 18 4 .261 .326 .440 106 21.9 CF -3 1.9
50o 424 53 98 21 3 14 50 32 85 17 4 .256 .321 .436 102 18.8 CF -3 1.6
40o 415 51 95 21 3 13 48 31 84 16 4 .253 .316 .429 98 15.9 CF -3 1.3
30o 405 49 89 20 2 12 46 29 83 15 3 .243 .304 .406 94 12.7 CF -3 0.9
20o 393 46 84 18 2 12 44 27 82 14 3 .235 .296 .398 90 9.3 CF -3 0.7
10o 376 43 77 17 2 11 40 25 80 13 3 .224 .282 .381 83 5.0 CF -3 0.2
Weighted Mean4265410022314513285174.260.324.44210319.4CF -31.6

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
202032479581072321557359517.249.313.416991.716.51.53.212.3-0.6-1.0
20213341650932021350318413.247.311.413971.413.61.12.710.7-0.9-0.8
20223440148891921247308112.245.309.408961.312.40.92.510.3-1.3-0.8
2023353193871152103824658.245.310.409961.09.70.61.98.2-1.0-0.6
202436264315813183120546.242.307.404940.87.50.41.56.8-1.2-0.5
202537224264911172616464.240.304.399920.65.80.21.25.7-1.4-0.5
20263819823439162315413.239.304.398920.55.10.21.05.1-1.2-0.4
20273917621388152013373.238.303.395910.44.20.10.84.5-1.2-0.4
20284016819378151912362.236.301.392900.43.80.10.84.3-1.4-0.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 92 Jacoby Ellsbury 2015 92
2 92 Charlie Blackmon 2018 123
3 91 Angel Pagan 2013 102
4 90 Vernon Wells 2010 121
5 88 Shane Victorino 2012 93
6 86 Alex Rios 2012 124
7 85 Jody Gerut 2009 76
8 85 Terry Moore 1943 0 DNP
9 84 Lorenzo Cain 2017 119
10 84 Aaron Rowand 2009 87
11 84 Frank Demaree 1941 82
12 84 Robin Yount 1987 122
13 84 Elmer Miller 1922 69
14 83 Juan Rivera 2010 103
15 82 Earle Combs 1930 130
16 82 Amos Otis 1978 154
17 82 Coco Crisp 2011 96
18 82 David Murphy 2013 91
19 82 Carl Crawford 2013 99
20 82 Josh Reddick 2018 106
21 82 Melky Cabrera 2016 110
22 81 Torii Hunter 2007 113
23 81 Jon Jay 2016 84
24 81 Adam Jones 2017 106
25 81 Ben Francisco 2013 82
26 81 Johnny Frederick 1933 106
27 81 Bernie Williams 2000 130
28 81 Gary Matthews 2006 113
29 80 Eric Byrnes 2007 107
30 80 Dexter Fowler 2017 118
31 80 Kevin Mench 2009 0 DNP
32 80 Billy Southworth 1924 90
33 80 Carlos Lee 2007 122
34 80 Jerry Mumphrey 1984 104
35 80 Baby Doll Jacobson 1922 100
36 80 Rajai Davis 2012 85
37 80 Gregor Blanco 2015 103
38 80 Carlos Beltran 2008 121
39 79 Pete Rose 1972 119
40 79 Hideki Matsui 2005 122
41 79 Taffy Wright 1943 0 DNP
42 79 Chet Lemon 1986 105
43 79 Harry Walker 1948 84
44 79 Johnny Hopp 1948 89
45 79 Moises Alou 1998 150
46 79 Brandon Guyer 2017 81
47 79 Kenny Lofton 1998 102
48 79 Ben Chapman 1940 112
49 79 Michael Cuddyer 2010 106
50 79 Jose Cruz 1979 109
51 79 Andrew McCutchen 2018 117
52 79 Wally Moses 1942 112
53 79 Del Ennis 1956 94
54 79 Kevin McReynolds 1991 111
55 79 Denard Span 2015 111
56 78 Heinie Manush 1933 117
57 78 Curt Flood 1969 94
58 78 Marquis Grissom 1998 80
59 78 Hunter Pence 2014 113
60 78 Jackie Brandt 1965 101
61 78 Gene Woodling 1954 97
62 78 Bibb Falk 1930 104
63 78 Jack Tobin 1923 103
64 78 Justin Turner 2016 122
65 78 Don Baylor 1980 91
66 78 Wally Judnich 1947 106
67 78 David DeJesus 2011 95
68 78 Austin Jackson 2018 64
69 78 Marlon Byrd 2009 111
70 78 Ken Griffey 1981 114
71 78 Brett Gardner 2015 104
72 78 Mark Kotsay 2007 75
73 78 Augie Galan 1943 138
74 78 Wally Moon 1961 128
75 78 Bobby Higginson 2002 102
76 78 Brandon Phillips 2012 104
77 77 Chick Fullis 1932 98
78 77 Chris Young 2015 108
79 77 Al Kaline 1966 153
80 77 Magglio Ordonez 2005 114
81 77 Carlos Gomez 2017 101
82 77 Nate Schierholtz 2015 0 DNP
83 77 Lloyd McClendon 1990 70
84 77 Matt Joyce 2016 121
85 77 Rusty Greer 2000 104
86 77 Buddy Bell 1983 112
87 77 Tommy Holmes 1948 111
88 77 Carl Furillo 1953 134
89 77 Tony Gonzalez 1968 98
90 77 Ken Landreaux 1986 88
91 77 Gabe Gross 2011 0 DNP
92 77 Hoot Evers 1952 100
93 77 Chris Heisey 2016 98
94 77 Aaron Hill 2013 117
95 77 Edd Roush 1924 111
96 77 Barney McCosky 1948 103
97 77 Bernard Gilkey 1998 78
98 77 Irish Meusel 1924 97
99 77 Jeffrey Hammonds 2002 95
100 76 Tom McBride 1946 96

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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BP Chats

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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