Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #32

The 2017 Phuture Phillies Reader Top 30 continues with some additional selections.  In a very close vote, Jose Pujols was selected the #31 pick.  He received 44 of 234 votes (19%). Victor Arano (39 votes, 17%) finished second.  Daniel Brito (36 votes, 15%) finished third.

Jose Pujols was signed by the Phillies on July 2, 2012 as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic, almost three full months before his seventeenth birthday.  He was Rule 5 eligible this past December and was not selected.

Pujols has been a slow mover through the organization.  He started in the GCL in 2013 and has only advanced to single-A Lakewood after 4 seasons.  His raw power finally developed into in-game power in 2016 when he hit 24 home runs.  However, his power comes at a premium, a prolific strike out rate.  His K% has been over 30% in three of his four seasons, including 32.6% in 2016.  His lowest season was 28.3% in Williamsport in 2015.

I have long questioned everyone’s love for Pujols.  I saw him in Clearwater a lot – four seasons of spring training, three seasons of extended spring training, almost two full GCL seasons, a couple Instructs.  I never saw the potential others saw.  I didn’t think he was particularly adept in right field either.  I saw the back of his jersey on a lot of balls hit his way.  In Lakewood last season, he committed 9 errors for a .961 Fld%.

But, Pujols IS coming off a 24 HR season.  He collected 82 RBI.  He walked in 8.0% of his 549 plate appearances.  (He has always gotten more than his share of walks – 10.5%, 7.2%, 8.7%).  He had 48 XBH (21 doubles, 3 triples in addition to the HRs).  Plus he’s coming off his best slash – .241/.306/.440/.746 (bold = career highs).  Hopefully, he can build on his success in Clearwater this season.


Poll to date –

  1. J.P. Crawford
  2. Jorge Alfaro
  3. Mickey Moniak
  4. Roman Quinn
  5. Nick Williams
  6. Franklyn Kilome
  7. Sixto Sanchez
  8. Rhys Hoskins
  9. Dylan Cozens
  10. “C” Randolph
  11. Scott Kingery
  12. Kevin Gowdy
  13. Harold Arauz
  14. Andrew Knapp
  15. Jhailyn Ortiz
  16. Adonis Medina
  17. Mark Appel
  18. Nick Pivetta
  19. Ben Lively
  20. Alberto Tirado
  21. Elniery Garcia
  22. Nick Fanti
  23. Cole Stobbe
  24. Drew Anderson
  25. Andrew Pullin
  26. Carlos Tocci
  27. Ricardo Pinto
  28. Jordan Kurokawa
  29. Thomas Eshelman
  30. Jesse Valentin
  31. Jose Pujols

5 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #32

  1. At this point, Luke Leftwich for me. He really showed up in the South Atlantic League last year and is one of what is turning out to many intriguing yet distant arms in the org.

  2. On Pujols…I said it before and will say it again…Joe Jordan should think about putting him on the mound and see what his right arm can do from 60’6″ ..starting this fall in instructs..
    His size and that explosive arm could be magic.
    Can understand not everyone ends up as DeGrom, but if he still cannot hit RHPs and Ks at 30% in A ball in Clearwater and the FSL after this season…what is his projection going forward?

    1. 24 bombs at lakewood is probably the only thing keeping your idea from happening, I wonder what he could do in Reading with that kinda pop

  3. I have a suggestion for future polls: keep all poll positions the same, rather than having a week of 4 one-day polls and a 3-day poll over Friday and the weekend. Just cut off the Friday polls at the same time as you do on other days.

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