Allen Lorenz (A.J.) Pollock IV… married to Kate… attended the University of Notre Dame…was named an All-Big East first team outfielder in 2008 and 2009 and All-Big East third baseman in 2007….graduated from RHAM High School in Hebron, Conn…named Gatorade Player of the Year and Connecticut state Player of the Year in 2006… was selected 17th overall by the Dbacks in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Batted .257 with 21 doubles, five triples, 21 home runs and 65 RBI in 113 games with the Diamondbacks ... Hit a career-high 21 homers, while also recording his first three home run game on April 30 against the Dodgers… was one of eight outfielders with at least 20 doubles, 20 homers, 10 stolen bases and an .800 OPS ... Named NL Player of the Month for April, his first career monthly honor…he ranked among the NL leaders in March/April in home runs (T-1st, 9), slugging pct. (2nd, .670), OPS (2nd, 1.021) extra-base hits (2nd, 19) and RBI (3rd, 24)… was also named NL Player of the Week for April 30-May 6, his fourth career weekly honors ... Had success against right-handed pitchers, batting .275 (75-for-273)/.336 OBP/.495 SLG with 16 doubles, four triples, 12 homers, 39 RBI and 21 walks ... Opened the season with a nine-game on-base streak, March 29-April 8, hitting .343 (12- for-35)/.425 OBP/.657 SLG with 6 doubles, one triple, one homer, six RBI and five walks ... Had a career-high five hits on July 20 vs. Rockies, tying the D-backs single-game record ... Placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb fracture on May 15, suffered on May 14 vs. Brewers in the ninth inning after attempting to make a diving play… reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on July 2.
Hit .266 AVG/.330 OBP/.471 SLG with 33 doubles, 6 triples, 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 112 games for the D-backs in 2017...Ranked among the NL leaders in triples (T-9th) and stolen bases (T-11th, 20)...it was his second career season of 20+ stolen bases (also: 39 in 2015)...Posted 7 defensive runs saved, tied for fifth among NL center fielders (also: Brett Phillips), behind Juan Lagares (15), Michael Taylor (9) Billy Hamilton (9) and Manuel Margot (8)...On 10-day disabled list from May 15-July 4 with a strained right groin. POSTSEASON: Batted .214 AVG/.313 OBP/.643 SLG with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run and 3 RBI in 4 games.
Played in just 12 games due to a pair of injuries…hit .244 (10- for-41) with 2 homers, 4 RBI, 9 runs scored and 4 stolen bases...Suffered a fractured right elbow sliding into home plate during an exhibition game vs. Royals on April 2…underwent surgery to insert a plate on the olecranon fracture (tip of elbow) on April 5 in Phoenix (performed by Dr. Don Sheridan and Dr. Gary Waslewski)...Went 10-for-33 (.303) with 2 homers and 3 RBI in fi nal 10 games...Left the game on Sept. 9 with an injured left groin and missed the remainder of the season.
Established career highs in average (.315), on-base pct. (.367), OPS (.865), doubles (39), home runs (20), stolen bases (39), RBI (76), runs scored (111) and hits (192)...Named to his fi rst NL All-Star Team via player's vote...Won his first career Rawlings® Gold Glove Award (center fi eld)…also selected to The Sporting News NL All-Star Team...Ranked among NL leaders in runs scored (2nd), hits (2nd), multi-hit games (T-2nd), stolen bases (4th), doubles (4th), average (5th), total bases (5th, 303), stolen base pct. (6th, 84.8), times on base (8th, 247) and extra-base hits (T-8th, 65)...Led all Major League outfi elders in hits (191)…also fi nished second among all outfi elders with a .317 average, trailing the Nationals' Bryce Harper (.333)...Among D-backs single-season leaders, tied for third in hits, ranked fourth in average and stolen bases, tied for fourth in runs scored and was sixth in stolen base pct...Only player in the Majors with at least 20 home runs, 20 doubles and 30 stolen bases…is also the second D-back to accomplish the feat (Eric Byrnes in 2007)...Was the ninth D-back to score at least 100 runs in a season...Tied for fourth with Kevin Pillar among all center fi elders in baseball with 14 defensive runs saved (source: Fangraphs.com)...Boasted a 1.1 Baserunning WAR, best in the Majors (source: STATS LLC)…ranked sixth among all Major League position players in WAR at 7.4 [source: baseballreference.com]...Reached base 4 times vs. Clayton Kershaw (3 hits and 1 walk) on April 11 vs. Dodgers, only the third player to do so against the southpaw (also: Eric Young Jr. on August 17, 2010 and Shin-Soo Choo on September 8, 2013)...Tied his career high with 4 hits on April 17 @ Giants, May 22 vs. Cubs and Aug. 20-21 @ Reds…was the second player in club history with back-to-back 4-hit games on Aug. 20-21 (also Steve Finley on June 1-2, 1999 and Sept. 6-7, 2003)...Swiped a career-high 3 bases on May 20 @ Marlins…was the seventh D-back to steal home and fi rst to steal second, third and home in a single game...19 first-half stolen bases were tied for the second most in club history (also: Tony Womack in 2001)...Stole 14 consecutive bases from July 21-Aug. 22...Named NL Player of the Week for Aug. 17-23, hitting .483 with 3 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 8 runs scored and 4 stolen bases...Had a career-high 11-game hitting streak from Sept. 11-22 (.400; 18-for-45)...Hit his fi rst career grand slam with a career-high 5 RBI on Sept. 25 @ Padres.
Batted .302 (80-for-265) with 19 doubles, 6 triples, 7 home runs 24 RBI and 41 runs scored in only 75 games...On 15-day disabled list from June 1-Sept. 2 with a fractured right hand (HBP by Johnny Cueto on May 31 vs. Reds)...At the time of his injury, ranked among Major League leaders in triples (2nd, 4), slugging pct. (7th, .554), OPS (7th, .920), doubles (T-7th, 16) and average (9th, .316)…also was tied for the Major League lead with 6 outfield assists...Compiled a .994 fielding pct. (1 E in 160 TC) between 68 games in center field and 2 in left...Was 14-for-17 in stolen base attempts, including 12 straight steals from May 6-Sept. 13...Named NL co-Player of the Week for May 12-18 (also Yasiel Puig) and Player of the Week for May 26-June 1...Recorded first walk-off home run on May 26 vs. Padres (off Kevin Quackenbush)...Ranked among NL leaders in May in average (2nd, .375), total bases (T-4th, 58), slugging pct. (5th, .659), OPS (5th, 1.086) and doubles (T-6th, 10)...Reached base safely in a career-high 14 straight games from Sept. 4-19, and in 21 of his final 22.
Hit .269 (119-for-443) with 28 doubles, 5 triples, 8 home runs and 38 RBI in 137 games in his fi rst full Major League season... Selected by the Arizona Chapter of the BBWAA as the D-backs' Rookie of the Year and named to Baseball Digest's All-Rookie Team... Ranked among NL rookies in stolen bases (2nd, 12), doubles (2nd), multi-hit games (2nd, 35), triples (T-2nd), runs scored (2nd, 64), total bases (4th, 181), extra-base hits (5th, 41) and hits (5th)... 28 doubles were third-most by a D-backs rookie, trailing Chad Tracy (29 in 2004) and Chris Young (29 in 2007), while his 137 games played were the most by a rookie since Young's club record 148 in 2007... Finished sixth among all outfi elders with a 17.2 UZR, trailing Gerardo Parra (31.1), Juan Lagares (24.4), Carlos Gomez (24.4), Shane Victorino (24.0) and Lorenzo Cain (20.0)…also ranked 10th with 15 defensive runs saved... Tied a club rookie record with 3 hits on Opening Day vs. Cardinals (also Travis Lee, March 31, 1998 vs. Rockies)... Recorded his fi rst multi-homer game on April 10 vs. Pirates, the fi rst by a D-back rookie since Juan Miranda on May 27, 2011 @ Astros…also had a career-high 4 RBI... Batted a season-high .352 (25-for-71) in September…his .352 average tied for the fourth-best monthly average by a D-backs rookie with Erubiel Durazo (Sept. 1999) and trailing Mark Reynolds (.426 in May 2007), Matt Kata (.375 in June 2003) and Hanley Frias (.373 in Sept. 1999)... Entered the season ranked among D-backs' top prospects by MLB.com (No. 7) and Baseball America (No. 10)…also cited by Baseball America as the clubs' Best Defensie Outfielder for the second straight year.
Appeared in 31 games over 5 stints with the D-backs,hitting .247 (20-for-81) with 2 home runs and 8 RBI...Contract was originally selected from Triple-A Reno onApril 18 and made his Major League debut that day vs.Pirates, going 0-for-3 with a walk...Collected first RBI on April 19 vs. Braves and first hit onApril 23 vs. Phillies (single off Jose Contreras)...Hit first career home run on May 11 vs. Giants (off Madison Bumgarner)...Batted .308 (16-for-52) in his final 19 games after .138(4-for-29) in first 12...Hit .318 (136-for-428) with 25 doubles, 3 triples, 3 homeruns, 52 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 106 games with Reno...Named the Pacific Coast League playoff Most ValuablePlayer and the MVP of the Triple-A National Championship Game vs. Pawtucket, going 2-for-5 with a double,triple and RBI...Entered the season ranked by MLB.com and Baseball America as the No. 6 Prospect in the D-backs' organization...also cited by Baseball America as the Best Hitter forAverage and Best Defensive Outfielder.
Spent the entire season with Double-A Mobile, hitting .307 (169-for-550) with 41 doubles, 8 home runs, 73 RBI, 36 stolen bases and 103 runs scored in 133 games...Named to the Southern League mid/postseason All-Star Teams...Ranked among the SL leaders in runs scored (1st), hits(1st), games (2nd), stolen bases (3rd), doubles (3rd), average (4th), extra-base hits (T4th, 54) and total bases (4th, 244)...his 169 hits tied for the eighth-most among all Minor-League players and the 103 runs tied for 10th...Led all Double-A outfielders with a .996 fielding percentage(1 E in 280 TC)...Hit safely in a league-leading 20 consecutive games from June 23-July 15 (.371, 33-for-89)...also recorded a 16-game hitting streak from Aug. 9-26 (.357, 25-for-70)...Was a member of Team USA's World Cup and Pan American rosters...Rated by Baseball America as the No. 14 Prospect in the SL following the season...began the year ranked by Baseball America as the sixth-best prospect in the Diamondbacks' farm system and No. 10 by MLB.com.
Missed the entire season after suffering a right elbow fracture during Spring Training and being placed on the disabled list on April 8...Hit .389 (20-for-64) with 6 doubles and 9 RBI in 16 games with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.
Rated by Baseball America as the second-best pure college hitter in the 2009 Pre-Draft Best Tools Rankings...Hit .308 (33-for-107) with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 3 homers and 22 RBI with runners on base...Hit .319 (15-for-47) with 3 doubles, a triple and 2 RBI against left-handed pitchers...Made his professional debut with Single-A South Bend on June 30 vs. West Michigan...Connected for his first career homer and plated 3 runs on July 15 vs. Kane County...Strung together two season-long 7-game hitting streaks, July 27-Aug. 2 and Aug. 30-Sept. 6.