Originally posted on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 3/8/12

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 great years left in him.

ADP Report (3.3)

Pujols is one of the most low-risk picks you can have in the draft. The fact that you’d have to take him in the top-three and he’s still low risk means he’s just that damn good.

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