It is expected that Pollock will take his physical Tuesday and the signing could be announced that afternoon. Pollock is expected to begin his pro career this week at Class A South Bend of the Midwest League.
South Bend is familiar territory for Pollock, who played center field for Notre Dame. As a junior last year, he hit .365 with a .443 on-base percentage and slugged .610. He is a polished player who caught D-backs scouting director Tom Allison's eye last year when he went to look at another Notre Dame player.
The D-backs selected Pollock with the 17th overall pick in last month's First-Year Player Draft, a pick they got from the Dodgers as compensation for Los Angeles signing free-agent second baseman Orlando Hudson.
The 21-year-old has a good approach at the plate and does not chase pitches out of the strike zone. Pollock is a gap hitter and an above-average runner who has good instincts and can steal a base. Once a shortstop, Pollock can also play second base, but Allison said the club planned to play him in center.
The Arizona Republic reported the deal included a $1.4 million signing bonus.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less