Monday, February 27, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #10 Catcher Andrew Knapp

Andrew Knapp, image- Jay Floyd
Following a breakout season in 2015, catcher Andrew Knapp continued to take strides and looked to be near-ready to make a big league splash during his 2016 campaign. 

In 2013 the switch-hitting Knapp was the Phillies' 2nd round draft choice out of the University of California and made his professional debut, tallying a .253 batting average with four home runs, 23 RBI and seven steals in 62 games for the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters.

That off-season, the righty throwing Knapp required Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged elbow. He was back on the field by the following May, getting at bats, but sitting out on defense for some time to allow additional recovery for his elbow. He joined the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers during the fifth week of the season. It was mid-June by the time he would play on the defensive side of the game.

Upon joining the Threshers, Knapp struggled with the bat, posting a .157 average with a home run and seven RBI in 23 games. After a 5-for-48 (.104 avg) stretch that wrapped up on June 1st, Knapp was demoted to Class A Lakewood, where he would rebound offensively. In 75 games as a member of the BlueClaws, he posted a .290 batting average along with five homers and 25 RBI.

To open the 2015 season, Knapp returned to Clearwater and represented the team as a mid-season All-Star. In 63 games with the Threshers, the six-foot-one 190-pounder notched a .262 average with a pair of home runs and 28 RBI. By late June, Knapp was promoted to Double-A Reading, where his offensive output was on fire. In 55 games with the Fightins, he batted .360, slugging 11 homers while driving in 56 runs.

For his tremendous efforts, the man known as "The California Kid" was honored with the Paul Owens Award, which is an annual nod bestowed up the top performing offensive player and pitcher in the Phillies' developmental ranks.

During the 2015 off-season, Knapp played in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, where he put together a .235/.294/.375 slash line in 15 games and represented the Phils in the league's Fall Stars Game exhibition.

Last season, Knapp notched another All-Star nomination, this time with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  In 107 games, the six-foot-one 195-pounder posted a .266 batting average with eight homers and 46 RBI.

Coaches praise Knapp's leadership abilities. His battery mates tend to credit Knapp with their success and praise his ability to call a game. He is described as polished and has proven to be a great captain for his pitching staff.

The 25-year-old has quick hands and uses them to drill line drives.  While his numbers from alternate sides of the plate where more even in years past, last season he appeared to have more success  when facing lefties (.772 OPS as a right-handed batter, .684 OPS as a lefty).

Overall, Knapp would not be considered a stolen bases threat, having swiped just 14 bags in 25 attempts (56% success rate) as a professional.

Knapp makes up a pair of backstops among the Phillies' top 10 prospects along with Jorge Alfaro. If both progress at a rapid pace, it may be necessary for one of them to switch positions. Knapp considers himself athletic enough to adapt to that type of change, citing his efforts on defense in the outfield and at first base during his college career. He also played some first base in the AFL in the 2015 off-season. Behind the dish, though, he has a strong arm and displays good footwork. Some critics state that receiving pitches is the area of his game that requires the most improvement, but I consider him a quality defender at the position.

Expect Knapp to return to the Triple-A level this year, but he could be first in line to take on big league duties should an injury take place or if the Phils have a vacancy behind the dish for another reason.



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Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #11 OF C. Randolph

C. Randolph, image- Jay Floyd
Drafted with the 10th overall selection in the 2015 MLB amateur draft as a shortstop, C. Randolph quickly placed among the Phillies' top prospect rankings.

After being drafted out of Griffin High School in Georgia, the five-foot-11 205-pounder was converted on defense to the outfield, where he has looked comfortable and capable

During his senior season in high school, Randolph drew loads of attention from professional organizations, posting great offensive numbers with a .533 batting average, seven home runs, 33 RBI and a 1.631 OPS in 26 games, leading his team into the state tournament.

As an 18-year-old, Randolph had a tremendous professional debut in 2015, posting a .302/.425/.442 slash line in 53 games for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Last year as a member of the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, Randolph sported a .274 average with two homers and 27 RBI in 63 games.  The youngster would miss more than two months of action with an injury (muscle strain in back/shoulder blade area) from April to June, but he finished the season healthy and spent time this off-season working with a strength coach as well as former big league outfielder Mike Cameron at his training center in Georgia.

Touted by Phils scouting director Johnny Almaraz as the top high school hitter in the country at the time he was drafted, Randolph was a great choice by the Phillies. Armed with a quick bat, the lefty batting Randolph has the ability to hit for average as well as power. A Clemson recruit out of high school, he is described as a patient hitter that has a good approach at the plate.


On the defensive side, Randolph has played left field exclusively. He has a strong arm and is athletic enough to display quality range in the outfield.

Speed wise, Randolph can be quick but with just 12 steals in 21 attempts in his brief professional career to date, he doesn't appear to be a runner that will strike fear into opposing batteries as a notable threat.

It'll be at least a couple years before Randolph may reach the upper levels of the sport, but once he does, he is expected to be the type of batter that will help the big league team in a significant way.




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Saturday, February 25, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospect Countdown: #12 RHP Adonis Medina

Medina, image- MiLB.com
Widely ranked among the Phillies' top prospects by many outlets, right-handed pitcher Adonis Medina has already made a name for himself at quite a young age as coaches really like his potential while Phils' brass adores his ability.

Medina is equipped with a mid-90's fastball along with a curveball and a change up that are considered to have plus potential and has used that arsenal to impress at the lower levels of the minor leagues as a teenager. 

Signed in 2014 at age 17, Medina made his pro debut that year as part of the Phillies' Dominican Summer League club.  In 11 games (two starts) he tallied a 2-3 record with a save, a 1.27 ERA and a 7.5 K/9 mark.

In 2015, the six-foot-one 185-pounder competed with the rookie level Gulf Coast League team, sporting a 3-2 record with a 2.98 ERA and a 6.9 K/9 mark in 10 games (eight starts). 

Last season, at the age of 19 he pitched with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters and was the team's opening day starter.  In 13 games, all starts, Medina tallied a 5-3 record with a 2.92 ERA along with a 4.7 K/9 mark. 

Medina is praised for having a great feel for pitching.  His fastball arrives at the plate featuring sink, helping to result in ground balls from the opposition.  Additionally, both secondary pitches are strong.  The Dominican Republic native already has the control of an elder pitcher.

His ceiling would seem to be a big league starter, but development will certainly shed more light on where among a team's starting staff he could land as a contributor.

I would expect Medina to open the 2017 campaign with the Class A full-season Lakewood BllueClaws.  He'll be 20-years-old for the entire season.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospect Countdown: #13 RHP Alberto Tirado

Alberto Tirado, image- Jay Floyd
Right-hander Alberto Tirado has an arm that scouts can go wild for. Acquired by the Phillies from Toronto in 2015 as part of the Ben Revere trade, the talented hurler could develop into a considerable performer on the mound for the Phillies.

Despite concerns with his control, what Tirado is known better for than missing the strike zone is missing bats.  Also he clocks big numbers on radar guns as well.  Both of those mesh well to result in serious strike out numbers.

Signed by the Blue Jays in 2011, Tirado would make his professional debut as a member of their rookie level Gulf Coast League team in 2012 as a 17-year-old. In 14 games started, combined with the rookie level Appalachian League and the Gulf Coast League teams, he tallied a 3-2 record with a 2.63 ERA and a .198 batting average against.

He returned to the Appalachian League the following season posting a 3-0 record with a 1.68 ERA and an 8.2 K/9 mark in 12 games (eight starts).

In 2014, splitting time between Class A short-season Vancouver and Class A Lansing, the Dominican Republic native posted a combined 2-2 record with a 5.00 ERA and a 9.0 K/9 mark in 30 appearances (10 starts).

He was honored as a Class A Advanced Florida State League All-Star as a member of the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2015. In 31 games there, pitching strictly in relief, Tirado sported a 4-3 record with three saves, a 3.23 ERA and a .213 batting average against while striking out 61 and walking 35 in 61 1/3 innings.

After he was dealt to the Phillies, as a member of the Clearwater Threshers, also in the FSL, he notched a 1-0 record with a 0.56 ERA and a .130 BAA. His strike out numbers were his usual dominant style (16 K’s in 16 innings), but he also walked quite a bit with 18 free passes issued.

Last season, the six-foot 180-pounder opened the season with Class A Lakewood as a reliever.  Following some missed time in May when he was assigned to the extended spring training roster, he appeared for a brief stint out of the bullpen with Clearwater, but would later return to Lakewood in order to gain experience as a starter, which worked out extremely well. Over 11 regular season outings in the rotation, Tirado posted a 7-1 record with a 2.19 ERA, a .195 BAA and an exceptional 14.0 K/9 mark.

In the postseason last year for the BlueClaws, Tirado was winless, however, going 0-1 in two starts, allowing three earned runs over nine innings.

Tirado’s offerings are described as electric. His repertoire features a fastball that has steadily been clocked in the upper 90’s, touching triple digits with some regularity. His slider and change up have great potential. The slider already compliments the fastball well, getting swings-and-misses with great movement.

On the mound, Tirado keeps things simple with his delivery, getting a good load and repeating his mechanics with ease.  

The youngster’s pitching coach with Lakewood last season, former big leaguer Brian Sweeney, cites Tirado’s mental toughness and ability to dictate the pace of the game on the mound as some of his strengths.

Last off-season I had Tirado pegged as a serious bullpen contributor at the big league level down the line, but if he continues on the path he was on last year, he could be destined for the Phillies’ starting rotation.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospect Countdown: #14 RHP Sixto Sanchez

Sixto Sanchez, image- BaseballBetsy
Right-handed hurler Sixto Sanchez made a big impression last year, proving himself worthy of soaring quickly on many prospect lists and is regarded currently as one of the Phillies' most promising pitching talents.

The Domincan Republic native signed for a reported $35,000 at the age of 16.  He would begin his professional career in 2015 as a member of the Phils' Dominican Summer League team.  In 11 appearances (two starts), the youngster posted a 1-2 record with a 4.56 ERA and a .291 batting average against. 

As a member of the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies last summer, the six-foot 185-pounder made 11 starts, posting impressive numbers.  In 54 innings, Sanchez allowed just three earned runs, good for a 0.50 ERA.  Additionally, to go along with his undefeated 5-0 record, he would tally a .181 BAA with a 44-to-8 strike out-to-walk ratio.

The success he enjoyed in the GCL came while facing batters that were mostly multiple years older than he was, as Sanchez was only 17-years-old until July 29th.

The talented Sanchez is equipped with a rave-worthy repertoire, including a mid-to-upper-90's fastball with sink.  He also sports very solid secondary offerings with nice upside...a reliable curve ball that features good movement as well as a consistent change up.

Sanchez is said to be quite athletic and can field his position well.  He was mainly a shortstop prior to signing with the Phillies.

Expect Sanchez to be part of the Class A Lakewood rotation when the 2017 gets started in April. 

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #15 RHP Nick Pivetta

Nick Pivetta, image- Jay Floyd
Valued by the team that acquired him in 2015 in a trade for the organization’s all-time saves leader Jonathan Papelbon, right-hander Nick Pivetta used a successful campaign last year to launch himself into consideration as a rising commodity among the Phillies' collection of top pitching prospects.

A 4th round draft selection in 2013 by Washington, Pivetta would debut as a pro with the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League team, sporting a 1-0 record and a 2.13 ERA in four appearances. He would later be promoted to Auburn of the New York-Penn League that year. In five starts there, he would post a 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA while striking out 17 and walking 11 in 21 1/3 innings.

The following season with Hagerstown of the Class A South Atlantic League Pivetta would post a 13-8 record with a 4.22 ERA, a .277 batting average against as well as a 6.7 K/9 mark in 26 outings (25 starts).

In 2015, he opened his campaign with Potomac of the Class A Advanced Carolina League. In 15 appearances (14 starts), Pivetta had a 7-4 record, a 2.29 ERA and a .225 BAA. He would earn a promotion to Double-A Harrisburg where he did not look great, going 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA prior to the swap.

After joining the Phillies, Pivetta would stay in the Double-A Eastern League on the Reading roster. He continued to struggle, recording a 7.31 ERA in seven starts there.

Pivetta opened his first full season in the Phillies’ organization in 2016 looking to bounce back with Reading and he definitely did. Through 22 starts for the Fightins, the six-foot-five 220-pounder posted an 11-6 record with a 3.41 ERA, a .235 batting average against as well as an 8.0 K/9 mark. He was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to close out the season, tallying a 1-2 record with a 2.55 ERA in five regular season starts.

The British Columbia native can bring the heat with his fastball, regularly clocking in the 95-96  MPH range. He serves up quality breaking balls from his arsenal, said to be separately a slider and a curve. His change up can assist with keeping batters guessing, but could use some refinement, per scouting reports.

With the Phils, Pivetta went through some mechanical changes that took some time to get used to.  Coaches say he matured a considerable amount over his first full year with his new organization.

Where Pivetta can continue to improve the most is with thinking ahead and having a plan on the mound. Learning from the Phillies' big league staff and guest instructors like Brad Lidge in spring training could certainly be beneficial to the youngster as well.

He is also set to participate in the World Baseball Classic with Team Canada along side veteran hurlers Eric Gagne and John Axford as well as former Phillies Adam Loewen and Scott Mathieson.  The WBC will definitely be another great learning opportunity for Pivetta.

A taste of relief this spring could be helpful exposure, so the player and the organization can see what other options they may have going forward.

For those that may regard Pivetta as a sleeper prospect, Pivetta’s manager with Reading last year, Dusty Wathan, feels that Pivetta deserves as much attention as all of the more highly regarded guys within the Phils’ system.

Look for Pivetta back with the IronPigs to open the 2017 season.  

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #16 LHP Elniery Garcia

Elniery Garcia, image- Jay Floyd
Elniery Garcia is one of the Phillies' most prominent pitching prospects and possibly the top southpaw among the organization's rising performers.

Signed as a 17-year-old in 2011, Garcia would open his professional career in the Dominican Summer League the following year, sporting a 2-1 record with a 4.18 ERA and a .253 batting average against in eight appearances.

The following year, he pitched in the rookie level Gulf Coast League posting a 1-3 record with a 5.15 ERA and a .291 BAA in nine starts.

In 2014, the progressing Garcia would split his time in the GCL and with the short-season Class A Williamsport team.  In 11 combined games (four starts), he tallied a 2-2 record with a 2.64 ERA and a .254 BAA while striking out 28 and walking six in 30 2/3 innings.

He would debut in full season ball the following year with Class A Lakewood.  In 21 starts for the BlueClaws,Garcia notched an 8-9 record with a 3.21 ERA, a .275 BAA as well as a 5.0 K/9 mark.

Last season, the six-foot tall 155-pounder stepped up and looked more like a standout talent.  In 20 games (19 starts) as a member of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, en route to being honored as a Florida State League All-Star,  he posted a 12-4 record with a 2.68 ERA, a .219 BAA along with a 7.0 K/9 mark.

The left-hander would make his Double-A debut with Reading in the post-season last year, collecting a win in the Eastern League division series against Trenton.  In six innings of work, he surrendered three runs (two earned) while striking out four and walking one.

Garcia's repertoire includes a solid three-pitch mix.  In previous seasons, his fastball resided mainly in the low-90's but saw some added zip in 2016 getting up to 95 MPH on multiple occasions.  His curveball looks to be a go-to offering with good, sweeping movement.  His change up appeared to be a pitch    that the youngster focused on improving, as it's key for starters to have a good collection of offerings.

In his career, Garcia has added strength and has shown steady improvements.  Members of the coaching staff have praised his ability to work through difficult spots and they like his mental toughness.

A member of the Phils' 40-man roster, Garcia is set to get some exposure with the big club during spring training.

He'll pitch the entire 2017 season as a 22-year-old and would likely return to the Reading rotation to open the year. 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #17 RHP Ben Lively

Ben Lively, image- Jay Floyd
Right-hander Ben Lively notched a highly successful season last year, helping to garner loads of attention as one of the Phillies' most promising young pitching prospects.

Originally selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, Lively would begin his pro career as a member of the rookie level Billings Mustangs in the Reds organization. In 12 starts that year the talented hurler posted a 0-3 record with a 0.73 ERA and an 11.9 K/9 mark. He was promoted to Class A Dayton to close out the season with a single start, allowing one earned run in four innings of work while striking out seven and walking one.

This was fresh off his junior season at the University of Central Florida where, in 15 games, he went 7-5 with a 2.04 ERA and an 8.6 K/9 mark as the team’s ace.

Lively would follow up his exceptional year by becoming the Reds’ minor league player of the year in 2014. Opening his first full professional season with Class A Advanced Bakersfield, Lively tallied a 10-1 record with a 2.28 ERA, a .201 batting average against along with a 10.8 K/9 mark in 13 starts. A stretch of 31 consecutive scoreless innings as a member of the Blaze got Lively some considerable attention and he was selected as a California League All-Star.

In mid-June, he was promoted to his hometown Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. There, he would sport a 3-6 record with a 3.88 ERA, a .232 batting average against and a 9.5 K/9 mark.

On New Years Eve 2014 Lively was traded to Philadelphia for OF Marlon Byrd.

After joining the Phils organization, he was assigned to the Double-A Reading Fightins' to open the 2015 season. The six-foot-four 190-pounder posted an 8-7 record with a 4.13 ERA and a 6.9 K/9 mark in 25 starts there. He missed a couple turns in the rotation in August with a shoulder strain.

He would open the 2016 campaign back with Reading and his numbers there were gleaming. In nine starts, the 24-year-old tallied a 7-0 record with a 1.87 ERA and a .185 batting average against, showing he had nothing left to accomplish in the Eastern League. An overdue promotion to Triple-A came in late May.

As a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs last year, Lively posted an 11-5 record with a 3.06 ERA and a .196 BAA in 19 starts. He looked excellent down the stretch, helping his club reach the International League playoffs, sporting a 1.66 ERA over his last seven regular season starts.

A big key for Lively in 2016 was working ahead in the count, getting strike one consistently.

The Florida native’s repertoire features a low-90’s fastball, a quality slider, a change up and a curve ball. The fastball plays better than the velocity can indicate, as batters don’t often see the ball well when Lively is on his game. All of his offerings come with a deceptive delivery which helps the young hurler and he proved to be very consistent with all of his offerings last year.

Lively projects to remain a starter and should return to the IronPigs' rotation to open the 2017 season. A member of the Phils' 40-man roster, Lively will get a fair look with the big club in spring training.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospect Countdown: #18 RHP Ricardo Pinto

Ricardo Pinto, image- Jay Floyd
With a couple considerable nods of recognition over the past couple of seasons, right-handed hurler Ricardo Pinto has proven to be a prospect on the rise in the Phillies' organization.

Two seasons ago, the Phils honored the native Venezuelan as one of their Paul Owens Award winners, an honor given to the top offensive and pitching performers in the team's developmental ranks each season, and last year Pinto represented the World team in the MLB All-Star Futures Game. 

Signed as an international free agent in December, 2011, Pinto debuted in affiliated pro ball in the Venezuela Summer League the following year. In 15 games (10 starts) he sported a 7-3 record with one save, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

He repeated the VSL in 2013, posting a 3-5 record with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 14 games, strictly as a starter.

In 2014, Pinto moved north, pitching with the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters, where he posted a 1-5 record and a 2.11 ERA with 48 strike outs and 15 walks in 47 innings over nine starts as a 20-year-old.

Taking on a full season schedule in 2015, the six-foot 165-pounder opened the campaign with Class A Lakewood, where he tallied a 6-2 record and a 3.09 ERA while striking out 60 and walking 18 in 67 innings over 11 starts. He earned a promotion in mid-June, moving up to Class A Advanced Clearwater. In 13 games with the Threshers, Pinto notched a 9-2 record with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Combined at the two levels, he posted a 6.5 K/9 mark.


Last season, Pinto took another step, becoming a key part of a solid rotation for Double-A Reading.  In 27 games (25 starts) he tallied a 7-6 record with a 4.10 ERA, a .253 batting average against and a 5.8 K/9 mark.

This off-season with La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League, Pinto appeared in eight contests in a relief role.  Over 14 innings of work, he posted a 2-0 record with a 3.86 ERA while striking out 10 and walking four.  The Phillies felt it was important for Pinto to get that experience in a high energy league where winning is critical each and every day.

Talent evaluators tend to place Pinto’s ceiling as a middle-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues. If he can improve his slider to above average status, Pinto could live up to those expectations with ease.

Boasting a mid-90’s fastball and an exceptional change up, Pinto has the beginnings of a very solid repertoire. Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan has touted in the past that Pinto’s is the best change up among the organization’s pitching prospects. Development of a third offering, a breaking pitch, will be the determining factor of the type of progress he’ll see.  He's worked mostly with a slider through his career, but began working with a curve ball more frequently last year.  That was something he needed to develop more consistency with and give the opposition another weapon to worry about.

The Phils organization likes the way the 23-year-old competes, describing his approach as business-like. He attacks the opposition and appears daring, maintaining outstanding composure with a top-notch work ethic.

Physically, he may not project to add much to his frame, but that shouldn’t prevent him from refining his standout offerings to climb the ladder.

I would expect Pinto to open the 2017 campaign back in Double-A, but if he mounts success in the Eastern League, where he helped Reading reach the post-season last year, it is likely he'll see some time in Triple-A before too long.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospect Countdown: #19 OF Jose Pujols

Jose Pujols, image- Jay Floyd
Thanks to a powerful offensive display last season, outfielder Jose Pujols has become a prospect worth knowing in the Phillies’ organization.

The Dominican native was signed by the Phillies in 2012 at the age of 16.

Opening his professional playing  career as a member of the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2013, Pujols sported a .188 batting average with six home runs and 18 RBI in 45 contests.

The following year, Pujols split time between the GCL and short-season Class A Williamsport. In 57 combined games, the righty batter posted a .226/.273/.377 slash line.

In 2015, Pujols continued to show improvement with a .241 average, four homers and 30 RBI in 66 games with Williamsport.

He followed up that campaign by breaking out and setting the single-season home run record for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws with 24. Additionally, Pujols would post a .241 average with 21 doubles, three triples and 82 RBI in 128 games.

As Pujols gained more experience in the talented South Atlantic League last year, he took strides to display improvements. His on-base percentage in the second half saw a 53 point jump following the SAL All-Star break in 2016 and his contact at the plate seemed to take steps in the right direction additionally, as his strike out rate decreased and he proved to his coaches that he could lay off pitches out of the strike zone.

His manager with Lakewood last year, Shawn Williams, who will likely be followed by Pujols up a level to Class A Advanced Clearwater following a promotion for the skipper this off-season, cited Pujols as the most improved prospects he has seen during his four years working in the Phillies organization.

Strictly a right fielder, Pujols gets solid reads and can track down fly balls at a better than average rate, displaying the range of a typical center fielder.   He has a strong arm and is an asset to his team on defense.

Pujols will be 21 years old for the entirety of the 2017 season.  With a thin six-foot-three 175-pound frame, the youngster has plenty of room to add muscle and further develop on the physical side.  So, it's certainly possible that there is plenty more to come on the power front with this blossoming talent.




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