At this time a year ago, the future of A.J. Pollock seemed to be up in the air. The former first round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks was the odd man out in crowded outfield and it seemed as though he was destined for Triple A. However, injuries knocked out Adam Eaton, the anointed center fielder and Pollock was given a chance to play almost every day. Fast forward to today. Eaton is with the Chicago White Sox and Pollock is now looked at as the every day guy in center. He is on a mission to prove that the D’back organization kept the right player.
So far, he is making management look bright. He sent a message in his very first at-bat, a ball launched to the deepest part of Salt River Fields that was tracked down by Joc Pederson. Outside of Martin Prado, there is no one on the team who is scorching the ball more than A.J. Yesterday was another big day with three more hits including two doubles which have become his calling card. So far in 14 Spring at-bats, the 26-year old Pollock has a slash line of .429/.529/.714. It seems as though every ball that has left his bat has been crushed somewhere, even the outs. Meanwhile, Eaton has had only six at-bats this Spring with a line of .333/.500/.333.
Most people assumed that Adam Eaton would be in center for the Snakes while A.J. Pollock would be the one in another uniform. There should be some pressure on Pollock to show fans that the D’backs did the right thing by keeping him. One week into actual games, he is proving them correct.