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Is A.J. Pollock #ASGWorthy?

By Guillermo Salcido
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Each MLB club is guaranteed an All Star selection and there’s little doubt that the Dbacks will be represented by at least Paul Goldschmidt. Yesterday, we made a call to action to Dbacks fans, asking to increase their efforts to #VoteGoldy. There’s no reason that Arizona should hold their All Star aspirations to just Goldy. Although it’ll be a tough sell to send anyone from their pitching staff to Cincinnati, they might have a capable candidate in their outfield in A.J. Pollock.

Pollock will be hard pressed to be voted in a as a starter (he wasn’t in the Top 15 among Outfielders during the 1st update). That’s unfortunate and not at all representative of the type of season that Pollock is having. There are various of stats that Pollock tops the leading vote getters in.

Apr 25, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) steals second base in front of Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) in the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Here are Pollock’s total numbers in 2015 and how they rank among NL outfielders:

.320 AVG (4th), 4 HR (24th), 16 RBI (21st), 32 R (T-3rd), 11 SB (T-3rd), .450 SLG (9th), .816 OPS (9th)

A.J. Pollock is 4th among National League outfielders in batting average (.320). That’s ahead of popular names such as Giancarlo Stanton (3rd in votes) and Angel Pagan (5th in votes). Pollock is tied for 3rd among NL outfielders in runs scored (32). That’s ahead of Matt Holliday (2nd in votes) and Stanton. Pollock also has 11 stolen bases, good enough to rank in the Top 5 among NL outfielders.

It’s unfair that Pollock may not be noticed by the occasional power-happy fan. It’s going to be a popularity contest among the fans, but Pollock will hopefully be noticed by the fellow coaches. Is A.J. Pollock #ASGWorthy? Here’s hoping it’s a resounding yes. But if not, we can always try to help.

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