Jose Pujols

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From: HOMETOWN
School: SCHOOL
Position: POSBats/Throws: B/T
Drafted: NTH ROUND, NTH OVERALL PICK
Year Acquired by Phillies: YYYY
Born: YYYY-MM-DD
Height: X’ XX”Weight: XXX lbs
Signed: YYYY-MM-DDBonus: $XXXXXXX
Options Remaining: X
Rule 5 Eligible: YYYY
MiLB Free Agency: YYYY

Stats: MiLB | B-Ref | Fangraphs | Baseball America | Baseball Prospectus | MLBFarm

Pre Draft:

Jose Pujols was one of the top hitters available on the International market in 2012. The skinny outfielder had huge raw power that drew 80s from some scouts, that was generated by incredible bat speed. Pujols’ swing is grooved for showcases with large uppercut and extra movement, which causes scouts to question how much contact he will be able to make. In the outfield he has a right field profile with an average arm, but his routes are really raw.

Scouting Report:

Hit: The hit tool is the most important and raw part of Pujols’ game. On the surface he has incredible bat speed and bat control, which has allowed him to hit the ball with authority to all fields. The problem has been his approach, where he will be ultra aggressive in one at bat and passive in another at bat. He will attack fastballs and has no problems catching up to premium velocity. He has shown great strides in pitch recognition, but he still has a long way to go. Overall the pieces are there for the hit tool to really come together into a true plus tool, but he still has a long way to go before that.

Power: It is special raw power for Jose Pujols, and he can tap into it in game at bats in addition to spectacular BP displays. Pujols generates the power with extreme bat speed and he can take any pitch out to all fields. Pujols has put on muscle since signing as a 16 year old, but there is still room for him to add more muscle over the next few years. The pitch recognition and approach may limit the amount of contact Pujols makes, which could ultimately drag the power production down. Present: 50/Future Potential: 70+

Arm: Pujols has plenty of arm for right field. Mostly he will show average arm strength, but he has shown some jaw dropping throws. He might see a tick up as he matures and gains more body control. Present: 50/Future Potential: 60

Glove: Pujols’ routes in right field were raw when he was signed in 2012, and while they have made some improvements, they are still baffling at times. He is going to need a lot of reps in the outfield to get a feel for the position, but it is unlikely he will be a premium defender out there.

Speed: Pujols takes long strides that make his average speed play more as plus in the outfield and on the base paths. He still has a lot of room to fill out so there is a chance he gets a little slower as he ages. To this point he has not shown himself to a base stealing threat.

Overall: Jose Pujols’ ceiling is immense, the combination of bat speed, bat control, and raw power could come together into an incredible package. He will only be 19 to start the 2015 season and he still has plenty of frame to put on muscle. So far in two years of pro-ball Pujols has made impressive strides across the board and could be primed for a real breakout in 2015. There is a small chance at a superstar here, but there is a lot of risk as well as he continues to struggle to off speed pitches and put together a consistent approach at the plate. It may take a while, but the payoff will be worth it.

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