Dwayne Pollok is returning to the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, where he was the 2012 Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year.
“It’s just great chemistry there in Lancaster with (manager) Butch Hobson, (pitching coach) Marty Janzen and Burky (hitting coach Lance Burkhart),” Pollok said. “And the town is just great, so I decided to come back.”
After going 14-4 with a league-leading 2.30 ERA to help the Barnstormers reach the finals, Pollok pitched winter ball in Venezuela where he was also named Pitcher of the Year. Starting for Las Aguilas de Zulia, he was 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA.
Despite the success, Pollok, 32, did not receive offers from affiliated organizations and he turned down deals in Asia to pitch for the Barnstormers.
“I didn’t really want to try and go overseas just yet and I felt Lancaster would be the best place to go to possibly get signed later on (by a major league organization).”
“Being that close to all the affiliates up there in the northeast, it will be an easy transition for me to do that, as opposed to being in a different country on the other side ot the world.”
Aah, if he were only a lefty.