Westerville News & Public Opinion

Royals take Central's Pollock in MLB draft


Kyle Pollock, a 2011 graduate of Westerville Central High School, was picked by the Kansas City Royals in the 20th round (603rd overall) of the recent Major League Baseball draft.

Pollock, a junior catcher at the University of Evansville, was an all-Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection this past season after hitting .310 with 15 doubles, three triples and a team-high five homers. He also had 50 RBI to tie for the conference lead.

At Central, Pollock had a career .505 batting average and .829 slugging percentage. As a senior, he was named first-team all-state and all-district and OCC-Cardinal Division co-Player of Year.

"Kyle was a special player for us in so many ways," Central coach Jeff Keifer said. "He was a great kid to coach. He led by example with his work ethic, attitude and competitiveness, but always stayed humble and was just fun to hang around and talk baseball with. As a player, he was extremely talented - someone you thought would have the tools and talent to possibly be drafted - yet he never rested on his talent and always worked to improve."

Also in the draft, 2011 Dublin Coffman graduate Austin Cousino was taken in the third round (80th overall) by the Seattle Mariners and 2014 Olentangy Liberty graduate Jacob Niggemeyer was selected in the 28th round (829th overall) by the Chicago Cubs.