A.J. 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.
Pollock went 0-for-3 with an RBI in Friday's 4-1 victory over the Dodgers in Cactus League play. The hitless showing dropped Pollock's spring line to an unremarkable .233/.258/.558, but it's encouraging to see that the outfielder has been an active runner on the limited occasions he has reached base, nabbing two steals in as many attempts. Pollock has hit exclusively out of the two hole this spring both against right- and left-handed starting pitching, so it looks safe to pencil him into that spot in the order on an everyday basis once the regular season kicks off.
Pollock agreed to a one-year, $7.75 million deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. This is Pollock's final arbitration offseason, as he will be a free agent after the 2018 season. The 30-year-old outfielder is a reliable power/speed threat when healthy, but since reaching the majors, he has only eclipsed 100 games played in odd years (2013, 2015, 2017), and he as only topped 140 games in a season once (2015). He figures to hit first or second for the Diamondbacks all season, and should be a solid OF2 in mixed leagues when healthy.
Pollock went 2-for-5 with a double, triple, two RBI and a run Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' 11-8 win over the Rockies. Pollock's triple was the fourth of the night for the Diamondbacks and provided his team with a pair of important insurance runs in the high-scoring affair. The outfielder appears to be heating up at the right time after struggling through a large portion of the second half, as he's batting .317 with four home runs, 11 runs and nine RBI over his last 11 games, dating back to the regular season.
Pollock went 2-for-3 with a walk in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Royals. Pollock's .267 average on the season has rendered him somewhat of a disappointment after he delivered .300-plus marks in his last two healthy campaigns in 2014 and 2015, but he's at least rewarding fantasy owners who have been patient with him with a massive September. Over his 23 games this month, Pollock is hitting .276/.357/.517 with four home runs, 19 RBI, 15 runs and three steals.
Pollock went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in Tuesday's 11-4 win over the Giants. After experimenting with Pollock as the club's No. 7 hitter in the last couple weeks, manager Torey Lovullo seems to have settled on using the center field in the two hole, which Pollock has occupied in three of his last four starts. The benefits of batting in front of Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez were certainly apparent Tuesday, as Pollock scored twice to equal his run output from his previous four starts combined. Though Lovullo benched most of his regulars Monday after the Diamondbacks clinched a playoff berth a day earlier, it's not expected that Pollock or the team's other lineup mainstays will be rested for the remaining four contests of the regular season.