Since making his debut in 2001, Albert Pujols has been considered the best hitter in baseball, posting consistently gaudy numbers, year after year, and amassing three MVP awards before his 30th birthday.
In his ongoing 12-year career, Pujols’ production has been unparalleled as his average season totals sit at .326/.416/.609, 42 home runs and 125 RBI with 67 K/91 BB.
But as we look towards the future, are there any prospects that have the potential to be the next Albert Pujols? Well, no.
Pujols is a generational talent, and, for those who have watched him since his arrival, he is undoubtedly one of the more dominant hitters in the history of the game. Therefore, I’ve lowered the qualifications in order to take a deeper look at some of baseball’s finest prospects.
I’m looking at players who play a corner infield position and have the ceiling of a middle-of-the-order hitter with 25-plus home run, 100 RBI, and .400 OBP potential, as well a hit tool capable of annually generating a .275-to-.300 batting average.