Jose Pujols was selected the Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Poll’s 28th ranked prospect. He received 113 of 415 votes (27%).
The Phillies signed Pujols as an international free agent on July 2, 2012. The 16-year old, Dominican outfielder made his minor league debut in 2013 with the GCL Phillies. He played the full season and most of the 2014 season in the GCL before a late season promotion to Williamsport. He played the entire 2015 season with the Crosscutters.
Pujols has yet to live up to the hype his power has generated early in his career. In the 3 years I have seen him in Clearwater during spring training, extended spring training, and the GCL season, I have not seen the tools that excite some scouts and analysts. Those who are excited about Pujols point to the power he exhibits during batting practice, his pitch recognition, and his strong arm. Those same people, however, will admit that Pujols has to better convert his BP power to consistent in-game power, has to learn to lay off bad breaking pitches, has to clean the hitch out of his swing, and has to identify better routes to fly balls.
Pujols is only going into his age 20 season. Most of his flaws are still correctable.
Top 30 so far:
- N. Williams
- “C” Randolph
Next up is your selection for #29. Sorry for posting the poll late. I’ll leave it up for two days, if necessary.