Congrats to Baseball Factory alum A.J. Pollock on earning his first big league hit yesterday! A former player in the Baseball Factory Exclusive Program, A.J. worked closely with Baseball Factory’s recruiting staff as a standout athlete in high school. He attended numerous Baseball Factory events while enrolled in the program before utilizing a combination of hard work and talent, matched with expert advice from our college recruiting staff, to secure a spot on the Notre Dame roster. A.J. enjoyed a successful collegiate career at Notre Dame and following his junior year, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him in the 1st round (17th overall) of the 2009 MLB Draft.
A.J. made his MLB debut earlier this month against the Pirates, but yesterday will certainly rank as one of his top baseball experiences as he notched his first Major League hit. In the bottom of the eighth inning A.J. was called to pinch hit for Justin Upton. He connected on an offering from Phillies RHP Jose Contreras, lining a single into right field. Although the Phillies escaped the threat from the Diamondbacks in the inning, A.J. will surely note this as a memorable moment as he begins his big league career.
Check out the video below of A.J. as a high school standout! Baseball Factory would like to once again congratulate A.J. on getting the call to the big leagues and earning his first hit (Check out A.J.'s hit) of a promising young career. We wish him all the best and continued success!
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