MemberSeptember 8, 2020 at 1:07 am
Dodgers outfielder AJ Pollock, a native of Hebron, Connecticut, is in his second season with the Dodgers. His new team had spent years tormenting him as a member of his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers signed him as a free agent before the 2019 season.
In college, Pollock played baseball for Notre Dame as an outfielder and third base player. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him in the first round of the 2009 draft. After breaking his elbow in 2010 spring training, he missed the entire year. The D-backs finally called him up in April of 2012 and he was a National League All-Star in 2015. Unfortunately, his career has been plagued with long stints on the injury list.
Even after becoming a Dodger, Pollock struggled with health during the first few months of 2019. He suffered yet another freak elbow injury. Though he initially performed well when he returned, he was atrocious in the 2019 NLDS against the Nationals. He went 0-13 with 11 strikeouts in the series.
Luckily, AJ Pollock is having a great bounce back season in 2020 and is winning the hearts of many Dodger fans! His numbers rank among those he put up during his best seasons in Arizona, a noted hitters park, and he has become a crucial piece of the lineup, playing nearly everyday. The biggest concerns for AJ Pollock during his career have been injuries, but when he’s been healthy, he’s been great throughout his career. He consistently mashes left-handed pitching, but has shown uncharacteristic power against righties in 2020 as well. A quiet, consistent, clutch presence in the lineup, Pollock is a consistent contributor, demonstrating why the Dodgers signed him to a big contract in free agency. They signed him to a 4 year deal with an option for a 5th year.
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