By now, every Chicago White Sox fan should know that they traded reliever Craig Kimbrel to the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder AJ Pollock. This trade did two things. It helped the White Sox fill a need at the right outfielder position and got Kimbrel off the books.
The White Sox are now even better than they were before the trade. Pollock is no slouch. He had a decent 2021 season and the White Sox will hope that he can have a repeat of that in 2022.
In 2021, he played in 117 games making 422 plate appearances. He hit the ball 114 times and produced 69 RBI. He also hit 21 home runs which are really good for only playing in 117 games. His slash line for 2021 was .297/.355/.536 for an OPS of .892.
Pollock comes from one of the best franchises in the league as of late and should bring some much-needed pop to an already strong batting lineup. He will also bring a sense of reliability to the right-field position which is what the Sox have been looking for all spring.
The Chicago White Sox are hoping that they get great production from AJ Pollock.
Can Pollock have a similar season in 2022 as he had in 2021? First of all, he’s with the right team to have a big season. Thinking of all of the talent that surrounds him, this might boost Pollock to play just as well (remember how good the Dodgers have been) or even better than he played last year.
Pollock also has a history of being a steady performer. His lifetime slash line (in the Major Leagues) is .281/.338/.482. That’s not bad at all. He is a consistent player year in and year out.
However, he’s not an explosive player. He’s not Luis Robert or Eloy Jimenez but he’s going to give you good production. That’s something that the White Sox could use.
The White Sox now boasts one of the most powerful batting lineups in all of Major League Baseball. As long as the guys remain mostly healthy and consistent, this team is going to produce a lot of runs and win a lot of games this year.
If Pollock has a similar campaign to last year, the sky’s the limit for this team. It’s too early to tell who won this trade but if the White Sox got the consistent AJ Pollock, they should come out ahead. Look for Pollock to have a strong season with the Sox and be a piece of the puzzle that puts them in the playoffs.