Originally written March 08, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
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What is there to say about Albert Pujols? For eleven seasons, he has been one of the best players in baseball and a quick exercise will show you just how good. Here are his career low’s in every standard offensive category: 99 runs, 32 home runs, 99 RBI, one steal, .299 batting average. Are you freaking kidding me? He’s also played in at least 143 games every season and those worried about his “down” season last year can look to his second half power numbers (19 home runs, .959 OPS in final 69 games). Best case scenario: Top first baseman Similar players: Prince Fielder (DET), Miguel Cabrera (DET), Joey Votto (CIN) Worst case scenario: Evan Longoria (TB) Strengths Consistency. Anyone can put up a .310-110-34-115 season (OK, not anyone), but in Pujols’ 11-year career he’s put up that line or better in eight and the other three weren’t that far off. Weaknesses Age? He’s 32 (as far as we know), but that should only worry you in keeper leagues and even then he should have at least four...
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