As the start fo the 2014 Major league Baseball draft approaches Matt Pollock waits to see if he will extend the UB draft streak to three straight years. Will Pollock follow in the footsteps of his former teammates Jason Kanzler and Tom Murphy by being selected in the draft?
During his junior season Pollock received strong consideration for the Mid-American Conference's Player of the Year. Instead he was named to All-MAC, All-Academic, and All-Mideast Region teams. On the year he batted .357 with a .638 slugging percentage and a .447 on- base percentage
He led the team Bulls with 79 hits and 56 runs scored and, despite being the teams lead off hitter, drove in 44 runs His ranking in the top five in the MAC in all three batting percentages and standing of 24th nationally in slugging percentage, 26th in runs scored per game, and 31st in total bases set him up for a what was expected to be a huge senior season in 2013. But a wrist injury sidelined Pollock in 2013 and he sat and healed preparing for the 2014 season.
In April, well into this season the site MLB Draft Report ranked Pollock as one of the top 30 outfielders to watch in this seasons Major League Draft.
By the time the 2014 regular season was wrapping up Pollock's name was found throughout the UB record books. The Senior went into the MAC tournament second in career runs scored, fourth in home runs, fifth in doubles and eighth in total bases.
Due to the nature of Major League Baseballs farm system the MLB draft is the largest of any sport. Under the new collective bargaining agreement the draft lasts 40 rounds, plus compensatory picks it's easy to see Pollock taken in the early-middle rounds.
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