A.J. Pollock
A.J. Pollock
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A player's time in their late 20s is supposed to be the time to shine, years where they put up the types of numbers that lead to a large deal in free agency. For Pollock, it's been a three-year period of injuries. He has failed to reach even 470 plate appearances since his breakout season in 2015. The past few seasons we have seen spurts of the athleticism and talent we fell in love with in 2015 around stints on the disabled list that are getting tougher and tougher to overlook. Last year, he began a disturbing trend of expanding his strike zone with a career-worst chase rate that correlated to a career-worst contact rate and overall swinging-strike rate. Now in his 30s, the health troubles are not going to get better so baseline for 450 plate appearances and one lengthy stay on the disabled list while hoping for more. The talent is there, but we were robbed of his peak years by injury. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Dodgers in January of 2019. Contract includes $10 million player option for 2023 ($5 million buyout). Contract includes opt out after 2021 if 1,000 plate appearances reached between 2020 and 2021 or if 1,450 plate appearances reached between 2019 and 2021.
Big game against Blue Jays
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
August 20, 2019
Pollock went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, two runs scored and a pair of walks to help the Dodgers to a 16-3 rout of the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Pollock helped spearhead a huge day for the Dodgers offense from atop the order, reaching base in four of his six plate appearances and checking in with his ninth long ball of the year. He only has 196 at-bats on the season due to injuries, but Pollock is capable of ripping off lengthy hot streaks when he's dialed in, so hopefully this is a sign he's gearing up to embark on one and make up for lost time for fantasy owners.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .830 376 55 19 57 11 .272 .327 .503
Since 2017vs Right .787 771 115 25 88 24 .259 .325 .462
2019vs Left .976 69 11 3 11 1 .377 .435 .541
2019vs Right .727 152 25 6 20 1 .222 .289 .437
2018vs Left .742 155 16 9 26 5 .221 .277 .464
2018vs Right .830 305 45 12 39 8 .275 .336 .495
2017vs Left .854 152 28 7 20 5 .277 .329 .525
2017vs Right .775 314 45 7 29 15 .261 .331 .444
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS at Home
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .857 580 91 25 87 20 .282 .342 .515
Since 2017Away .744 567 79 19 58 15 .244 .309 .436
2019Home .873 106 17 5 18 1 .290 .368 .505
2019Away .741 115 19 4 13 1 .252 .304 .437
2018Home .859 238 32 11 36 8 .278 .342 .517
2018Away .739 222 29 10 29 5 .235 .288 .451
2017Home .849 236 42 9 33 11 .282 .331 .518
2017Away .750 230 31 5 16 9 .249 .330 .420
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How does A.J. Pollock compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Pollock dealt with a groin strain again in 2017, which not only cut into his volume of games played, but may have also led him to be less aggressive as a base stealer as the season progressed. After swiping 13 bags in 15 attempts in the first half over 43 games, Pollock went 7-for-11 in the second half in 69 games. Fortunately, as the speed waned, his power increased, as he swatted 11 homers in the second half after hitting three in the first half. Later in the year, Pollock was hitting second in the order against lefties, but dropped to sixth against righties. If that arrangement holds up in 2018, alter the projected balance of runs and RBI expected accordingly, and knock off some power to account for the new humidor in Arizona. At the very least, Pollock still has a balanced skill set and a good supporting cast around him. If he can get close to his previous career high in games played (157) with better health in 2018, Pollock should be a highly valuable fantasy asset.
After a breakout 2015 season in which he registered a handful of MVP votes, Pollock's 2016 was derailed by injury. A fractured elbow sustained toward the end of spring training kept Pollock out until late August. He returned and played in 12 games, but a groin strain shut him down for good. The combination of power and speed, along with the run-scoring that comes with hitting in front of Paul Goldschmidt, made Pollock the source of a lot of fantasy league titles in 2015. Given the natural discounting that follows when a player has been absent for almost a full year, he has the potential to do the same this season. The only real concern is his injury history, considering 2016 and a 2014 season in which he missed significant time due to a broken hand. That risk should be properly cooked into the price, and he could offer first-round value in his age-29 season with a third-round price tag.
Healthy for the entire season after missing significant time in 2014 with a broken hand, Pollock erupted in 2015. He batted .315, belted 20 home runs, scored 111 runs (second in the National League) and drove in 76 more across 157 games. Pollock also finished with 39 doubles and 39 steals, and if he had one more of each, he would have been the only player in the league with 20 homers, 40 doubles and 40 steals. The 27-year-old’s breakout performance earned him his first All-Star trip, and he seems primed to return to the mid-summer classic in 2016. The big debate this offseason is whether Pollock is a first-round pick this year. Given the lack of stolen bases in today’s game, his all-around package is unique in fantasy, so it seems completely justifiable to take Pollock at the end of the first round, preferably paired with a power bat early in the second round.
Pollock appeared to be in the midst of a breakout when a broken hand, suffered in June, knocked him out of the lineup until rosters expanded in September. The biggest surprise in Pollock's first-half numbers was a level of power that he had never displayed before. Through the first two months of the season, Pollock was hitting .316/.366/.554 with six home runs in 51 games (192 plate appearances). Upon returning in September, Pollock hit .273/.326/.386 with one home run, but he managed to go 6-for-8 in stolen-base opportunities. The power outage after the hand injury is hardly surprising, but it remains to be seen if the spike in April and May is something he will be able to provide again in 2015. Even without an increase in pop, Pollock should play nearly every day as the Diamondbacks' regular center fielder, offering good defense, the ability to mash left-handed pitching (career: .280/.331/.505), and the speed necessary to contribute 25-30 steals if new manager Chip Hale proves to be aggressive on the basepaths.
In his first full major league season, Pollock was solid. He hit .269 with eight home runs and 12 stolen bases, but is another player whose real-life value is mainly in his glove. Pollock is better positioned to start in center field following the trade of Adam Eaton to the White Sox. Depending on the health of Cody Ross, Pollock is a candidate to fall into a platoon after he hit .283/.332/.480 with a .351 wOBA against southpaws last season. If Ross recovers from hip surgery and can produce in a corner spot, Pollock will be forced to compete with Gerardo Parra for playing time, while the duo could form an ideal platoon given Parra's career splits against right-handed pitching.
Although he didn't hit well in his limited chances with the D-Backs, Pollock is a former first-round pick with a combination of speed and on-base skills that should eventually make him a candidate for the team's leadoff role. With the departure of Chris Young, he'll likely enter the mix for an Opening Day roster spot, but it's believed that Pollock will slot into the picture as a reserve option initially with Adam Eaton expected to take over in center field. There's still some debate as to whether Pollock will develop into more than a fourth outfielder in the long run, but he makes contact regularly and runs well enough to steal bases when he gets on, making him an intriguing endgame option in NL-only formats if the path to at-bats becomes clearer.
Pollock tends to be overlooked in most circles because many scouts believe that he lacks a standout tool. Fortunately, he does everything well, and is praised for unquantifiable traits including his work ethic and instincts on the field. Although he's not a speed demon, Pollock is efficient on the basepaths as evidenced by his 36-for-43 stolen-base mark at Mobile last season. Keep in mind that he missed a year of development in 2010 after fracturing a growth plate in his elbow during spring training, but Pollock showed little rust while skipping High-A in 2011. Just 24, the D-Backs will probably give him most of 2012 to finish his minor league development at Triple-A Reno, but his ability to draw walks and drive the ball into the gaps should make him a viable leadoff man and everyday center fielder as early as 2013.
Pollock fractured a growth plate in his right elbow during spring training and actually lost all of the 2010 season before getting back into game action during the Arizona Fall League. In a hitter-friendly environment, Pollock delivered a .313/.389/.406 line while converting all seven of his stolen base attempts. Long term, he projects as an eventual replacement for Chris Young in center field, but the skill set here is one of a gap hitter with good speed and plenty of defensive ability rather than a five-tool talent. Look for him to start 2011 at Double-A Mobile, while the D-Backs have no need to rush him out of the gates following Young's resurgence last season.
Pollock was the second of the D-Backs' two first-round selections in June, on the heels of a very successful collegiate career at Notre Dame. He was quickly signed and assigned to Low-A South Bend, where he put together a .271/.319/.376 line in 255 at-bats during his first taste of professional pitching. He'll either return to the Midwest League to begin the 2010 season there, or possibly move up to High-A Visalia. Given Chris Young's struggles and the organization's willingness to aggressively promote its prospects, Pollock could enter the center field picture in Arizona during the 2011 campaign if his adjustment to wood bats goes smoothly. Long term, he projects as a line-drive hitter with modest power (10-12 homers), but good instincts on the basepaths (20-25 steals) and above average speed.
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Sitting Saturday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
August 17, 2019
Pollock is not in Saturday's lineup against the Braves, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
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Not starting Friday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
August 16, 2019
Pollock is not in Friday's lineup against the Braves.
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Will sit Wednesday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
August 13, 2019
Pollock won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's game at Miami, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Sitting Sunday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
August 11, 2019
Pollock is not in Sunday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Leading off Friday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
August 9, 2019
Pollock (groin) is starting in center field and leading off Friday against the Diamondbacks, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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