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Arizona Diamondbacks: Grading the Outfielders

By Chris Lacey
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Chris Herrmann #10, Jake Lamb #22, Paul Goldschmidt #44 and Yasmany Tomas #24 afte Owings hit the game winning RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of the MLB opening day game at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Chris Herrmann #10, Jake Lamb #22, Paul Goldschmidt #44 and Yasmany Tomas #24 afte Owings hit the game winning RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of the MLB opening day game at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a double against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of the National League Wild Card game at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a double against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of the National League Wild Card game at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

A.J. Pollock

A.J. Pollock began the year on fire for the Diamondbacks, the outfielder boasted a .324 average and .852 OPS with 12 extra-base hits and eight RBIs in his first 25 games.

Then, the injury bug struck again for him. He was sidelined from the middle of May until early July with a hamstring injury.

The club went 31-14 without Pollock and showed they can withstand an injury to an important piece on their roster.

When Pollock is healthy, he adds another dimension to the lineup. The speed that he possesses can be a nightmare for other teams as he did swipe 20 bases in 2017 and was only caught six times.

Pollock posted a .266 average and .801 OPS with 73 runs scored, 14 home runs, 49 RBIs and 200 total bases in 112 games.

There’s no doubt that Pollock can have an immediate impact when healthy as this was on full display in the 2015 season.

He had a .315 average and .865 OPS with 20 homers, 76 RBIs, 39 stolen bases, 192 hits and scored 111 runs in 157 games.

He’s also a terrific centerfielder who can cover plenty of ground and make outstanding catches.

The Diamondbacks have a dynamic player in Pollock, and they have to find a way to keep him healthy over an entire season.

Grade:

B-. . . . A.J. POLLOCK

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