Jose Pujols to be Promoted to Williamsport

According to Ian Catherine, GCL right fielder Jose Pujols will be promoted to Williamsport.

Pujols will be rejoining the other big signing of the Phillies 2012 International FA class, Deivi Grullon.  Pujols signed for $540,000 out of the Dominican Republic after showing impressive raw power that had one scout invoke the name of a certain Marlin slugger.  At the time Pujols’ swing showed incredible bat speed but a lot of uppercut and natural miss to it.  Last year the Phillies worked to retool his swing to be more level, the end result was a more contact oriented swing that did not sacrifice any of what may be 80 grade raw power.  Pujols has made large strides in pitch recognition, but he still has approach and aggression issues at the plate that have lead to high strikeout totals, but he has also shown a willingness at times to work deep counts.  Last year Pujols tied for the GCL lead in home runs, but most of his power was to the pull side, this year he has shown the ability to hit the ball hard to the opposite field as seen in his spray chart.

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Overall Pujols is a very exciting prospect and one of the highest ceiling bats in the Phillies system.  And because it is so impressive, here is Pujols hitting a bunch of home runs including taking a 95 mph fastball to CF and a 93 mph fastball the other way. EDIT: Has mentioned by Alec in the comments the first swing is 2013, you can see the difference in his arms from his new swing.

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman
Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.

3 comments

  1. Alec

    Is the first video an old one? He seems to position his bat and elbow closer to his body pre-swing in the first video compared to the rest.

    • Matt Winkelman

      Yep if you see the notation at the bottom it was actually last May (2013) off Ivan Nova

      • Alec

        Thanks. You can definitely see the improvement to help him get his bat off his shoulder