Former Irish standout Jeff Samardzija had an elite year on the mound for the Cubs and A's.
Pollock, Samardzija highlight Irish efforts in the professional ranks thus far in 2014.
The junior is the highest Irish hurler to get drafted since RHP Kyle Weiland went in the third round in 2008.
Notre Dame had five players in the majors during the 2013 season.
AT NOTRE DAME: Three-year monogram winner enters his senior season with a .281 career batting average, two home runs and 31 RBI ... has 11 runs scored, six doubles, 13 walks, three sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt in 72 games (34 starts) ... in BIG EAST games, owns a 256 career batting average, one home run and eight RBI ... has added two runs scored, two doubles and one walk in 23 games (nine starts) ... will play for the Irish at designated hitter or catcher (behind fellow senior Cameron McConnell and sophomore Joe Hudson) ... has a big, strong frame with good hands and ability to provide clutch hits ... a quality receiver behind the plate.
JUNIOR SEASON (2010): Appeared in 28 games and started 10, including eight at designated hitter and two at first base ... batted .288 (15-for-52) with two runs scored, two doubles and 12 RBI ... added seven walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt ... recorded 17 total bases, posted a .327 slugging percentage and .371 on-base percentage ... posted a 1.000 fielding percentage ... did not commit an error on 21 fielding chances and 21 putouts ... led the Irish in games played off the bench ... saw action in nine BIG EAST games and started one ... batted .200 (2-for-10) with an RBI ... hit .310 (13-for-42) with two runs scored, two doubles, 11 RBI, seven walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt in non-conference games ... batted .500 (4-for-8) with one run scored, one double, three RBI, five walks, one sacrifice fly and one sacrifice bunt in the month of February ... hit .206 (9-for-44) with one run scored, one double, eight RBI, two walks, one hit by pitch and one sacrifice bunt in the month of March ... batted .333 (2-for-6) in the month of April ... hit .500 (2-for-4) with an RBI in the month of May ... batted .235 (4-for-17) with one run scored and four RBI in home games ... hit .176 (3-for-17) with one RBI and two walks in road games ... batted .294 (5-for-17) with two runs scored, five RBI, two walks, one sacrifice fly and one sacrifice bunt in Irish victories ... hit .345 (10-for-29) with one run scored, two doubles, eight RBI, five walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt in day games ... batted .217 (5-for-23) with one run scored, four RBI and two walks in night games ... hit .222 (8-for-36) with two runs scored, two doubles, 11 RBI, four walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt in games started ... batted .438 (7-for-16) with one RBI and three walks in games off the bench ... hit .200 (3-for-15) against left-handed pitching ... batted .324 (12-for-37) against right-handed pitching ... hit .289 (11-for-38) with runners on base ... batted .286 (4-for-14) with the bases empty ... went 1-for-2 (.500) with the bases loaded ... hit a team-best .429 (6-for-14) as a pinch hitter ... led the Irish in pinch hits and pinch hit at-bats ... batted .296 (8-for-27) with runners in scoring position ... successful on six of eight RBI opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs ... advanced 26 base runners on 44 attempts, good for a percentage of .591 ... totaled four RBI and batted .280 (7-for-25) with two outs ... registered three multi-hit games (Feb. 28 vs. Penn State, Mar. 06 vs. Harvard and Apr. 21 vs. Michigan) ... recorded three multi-RBI games, including a pair of three-RBI contests (Mar. 06 vs. Harvard and Mar. 23 vs. Ball State ... Notre Dame went 3-7 when Scioscia started, including 1-1 at first base and 2-6 at designated hitter ... the Irish went 2-4 when Scioscia batted third and 1-3 when he hit cleanup ... registered a five-game hitting streak against Ohio State on Feb. 27, Penn State on Feb. 28, Harvard on Mar. 06, Kansas State on Mar. 06 and Stetson on Mar. 07 ... batted .389 (7-for-18) with a run scored, seven RBI, two doubles, two walks and two sacrifice flies in the streak ... in first career start at first base, went 1-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI, including a two-run single in the six-run second inning, against Ball State on Mar. 23.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Appeared in 28 games and started 19 for the Irish, primarily at designated hitter (10 starts) and catcher (nine starts) ... batted .265 (18-for-68) with one home run and 15 RBI ... added five runs scored, two doubles, three walks and one sacrifice fly ... did not ground into a double play in 68 at bats ... recorded 23 total bases, posted a .338 slugging percentage and .301 on-base percentage ... batted .344 (11-for-32) against left-handed pitching ... batted .310 (9-for-29) with the bases empty ... hit .400 (2-for-5) with the bases loaded ... was 7-for-9 in RBI opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs ... registered one multi-hit game (April 29 vs. Bowling Green) ... recorded three multi-RBI games, including one four-RBI games (April 29 vs. Bowling Green) ... Notre Dame went 13-6 when Scioscia started, including 7-3 when he started at designated hitter, 6-3 when he started at catcher ... batted .250 (15-for-60) with 11 RBI in games started ... went 3-for-8 (.273) with a run scored, home run and four RBI off the bench, including 2-for-5 (.400) as a pinch hitter ... hit .292 (7-for-24) with one home run and six RBI in 10 BIG EAST games (six starts) ... added two runs scored, one double and one walk ... recorded 11 total bases, posted a .458 slugging percentage and .320 on-base percentage ... batted .333 (4-for-12) against left-handed pitching ... hit .313 (5-for-16) with runners on base ... batted .400 (4-for-10) with two outs ... recorded a career-best nine-game hitting streak from March 15-April 4 ... registered one hit in each of the nine games ... started all three games for the victorious Blue squad at catcher during the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series ... batted .250 (2-for-8) with three walks, two runs scored and two RBI ... spent the 2008 summer with the Conejo Oaks of the California Collegiate Baseball League, along with current Irish teammates senior OF Brayden Ashdown and senior INF Ryne Intlekofer ... played in 44 games and started 43 (second-most on squad) ... batted .281 with 13 doubles, one triple and 31 RBI ... led team in hits (tied with 45), doubles, RBI and walks (tied with 17) ... led the league in doubles and tied for second in RBI.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): Saw action in 16 games, including five starts (all of which took place over Notre Dame's last six games of the season) ... each of the five starts came at designated hitter ... hit in the cleanup spot twice, seventh twice and eighth once ... batted .308 with a home run and four RBI ... added four runs scored, two doubles and three walks ... recorded two multi-hit games, including a two-hit affair and three-hit outing ... registered one multi-RBI game ... ended the season with a personal-best two-game hitting streak ... hit .222 (2-for-9) with an RBI in BIG EAST action ... did not see any action in the season opener against Liberty, but pinch hit against both Iowa (Feb. 23) and Albany (Feb. 24) ... drew an intentional walk in his first career at-bat against Iowa ... went hitless in his first five career at-bats (seven plate appearances) before belting a three-run home run for his first career hit against Mississippi Valley State on April 30 ... made his first career start in an Irish uniform on May 13 against #17 Michigan ... went 3-for-4 with a couple runs scored ... he became the first Irish freshman to make his first career start in the cleanup spot since Brett Weiss on February 24, 2002 against Southern Illinois ... started each of the last four games of the season ... batted .267 (4-for-15) with a pair of doubles, RBI and run scored over the stretch ... batted .368 (7-for-19) in his five starts, as opposed to .143 (1-for-7) when coming off the bench ... did not commit an error in eight fielding chances at first base ... played for victorious Gold team in the 2007 Blue-Gold World Series (0-for-5, R, BB, K).
PREP & PERSONAL: Power-hitting addition who has family ties to the big leagues, as his father Mike Scioscia enjoyed a 15-year career as a catcher in the majors and is current manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ... selected by the Angels in the 41st round of the `07 MLB draft - but would have been drafted much higher if not for his strong commitment to Notre Dame ... two-sport standout (football/baseball) at Crespi Carmelite HS ... named to `07 Playstation All-America team and went on to collect pair of RBI in All-America game (Albuquerque, N.M.) ... wore his father's number (14) at All-America Game (Mike Scioscia played for the Albuquerque Dukes from `79-'80 and managed the team in `99) ... ranked third among league leaders in RBI (31) while helping lead Crespi to CIF state semifinals ... hit .323 with team-best 10 doubles and pair of home runs as a senior ... had three hits in Celts' semifinal loss to Loyola (3-2, in 8 innings), with Crespi finish 24-6-1 (league champs) ... Crespi beat West Covina in first round (3-2), Corona del Mar in second round (19- 4) and California in quarterfinals (8- 5) ... hit mammoth home run vs. Loyola earlier in `07 ... saw each of his fellow seniors be drafted and signed by major D-I programs ... hit .280 in summer of `07 with California Oaks wood-bat team ... played in `07 high school season alongside Nikolai Bonds, son of Barry Bonds ... ranked among league's top-10 in RBI and runs as a junior in `06, helping lead team to CIF state playoffs ... hit leader for Crespi team that won Southern California VIBL summer-league title ... selected to play on `06 L.A. Angels Elite baseball team and St. Louis Cardinal Elite ... named second team all-league as defensive end on `05 Crespi football team ... helped football team win `04 and `05 CIF divisional titles ... named to all-academic teams in football (`05) and baseball (`05, `06) ... member of National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation ... received foreign language award for Latin and outstanding scholar award ... his great uncle, Lou Scioscia, played football at Duke (`46-'49) ... hails from same hometown (Westlake Village, Calif.) as former Notre Dame women's soccer midfielder Ashley Jones and former Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen ... full name is Matthew Michael Scioscia ... son of Mike and Anne Scioscia ... has been credited with having a sense of leadership that is similar to his father's ... the elder Scioscia was touted as one of the best defensive catchers ever to play the game and, arguably, the best ever at blocking home plate ... Mike Scioscia played with the Dodgers from 1980-92 (he later was named American League Manager of the Year while guiding the 2002 Angels to the World Series title) ... born Sept. 20, 1988, in Claremont, Calif. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a sociology major.
Scioscia's Career Statistics
Scioscia in the BIG EAST Conference