A.J. Pollock to Join South Bend This Week

Like second-round draft choice Marc Krauss before him, 17th-overall draft pick A.J. Pollock is expected to skip over short-season ball and join the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Midwest League.

A.J. Pollock, the Diamondbacks' first-round choice in this year's draft, is expected to join the Silver Hawks this week. The center fielder hit .365/.443/.610 and did not commit a single defensive miscue this spring with Notre Dame.   Marc Krauss, one of the club's second-round draft selections, joined the Silver Hawks last week, and has batted .294 with two walks, two doubles, and five runs scored in his first five games.

Both Krauss and Pollock have ties to the South Bend area and should help boost attendance.  Pollock played at Notre Dame for three years.  The Irish play the Silver Hawks in an exhibition game before the start of every season.  Krauss grew up in northwestern Ohio, just over a two-hour drive from South Bend.

"There was no question that I would return to Notre Dame in the fall to finish school, and now I might be able to play in South Bend for the Silver Hawks as well," Pollock said shortly after getting selected 17th overall.  "I really can't imagine it working out any better."

Marc Krauss

Krauss echoed those sentiments last week in an exclusive interview with FutureBacks.com.

"It can't be more perfect for me," Krauss said.  I'll actually be closer to home in South Bend for family and friends than I was at Ohio University... I'm sure there'll be plenty of friends and family supporting me often.  That'll be great as well, and hopefully it will make this transition a little easier."  

The two draft picks will share outfield playing time with young Latin outfielders Alberto Diaz, Alfredo Marte, and Isaias Asencio, each of whom have been streaky this year.  Krauss and Pollock's savvy gained from years in top-notch collegiate programs may help the youngsters get more consistent, and they no doubt can use the rest in their first full seasons of pro ball.

The Silver Hawks' 25-man roster is currently at 22 players after they sent relief pitcher Keny Sosa down to Missoula and placed starting pitcher Sean Morgan on the disabled list with elbow tendonitis. Third baseman Justin Parker and pitcher Wade Miley are also on their disabled list, so if they are not ready to play soon, we may see yet another draft pick join the Hawks. 

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