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A.J. Pollock (Photo: Notre Dame)

Biographical Data
Player Name:A.J. Pollock
School:University of Notre Dame
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:200 lbs.
Report Date:02/28/09

Focus Area
Hitting ability:Pollock has a great approach at the plate and is very quiet and soft on his stride. He makes contact and doesn't chase pitches.
Power:He's a gap-to-gap, line-drive hitter and won't hit a ton of homers -- maybe 10-12 at most per year.
Running speed:He's an above-average runner and uses his speed on both sides of the ball.
Base running:He has good instincts and knows how to steal a base.
Arm strength:He has an average yet accurate arm.
Fielding:A converted shortstop, he's still learning the nuances of playing center field and should eventually be an above-average defender.
Range:He's a little flat-footed and doesn't always get great jumps, due to inexperience, but his speed makes up for it.
Physical Description:Pollock is a well-proportioned athlete with a lean muscular frame, though he's not overly physical. There's some room to grow, but he'll never be big. He's reminiscent of a less physical Darrin Erstad.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths: Great hitting ability -- one of the better pure college hitters in the class. Above-average speed.
Weaknesses:A lack of experience in the outfield.
Summary:Pollock is one of the better college hitters available in this Draft class, with a great approach and the ability to make consistent contact. He won't hit for a ton of power, but has some extra-base ability. His above-average speed helps him on offense and in the field, though he is still learning to play the outfield. He's the type who makes everything look effortless and with his hitting ability, could be the kind of college bat that moves quickly through the Minors.