The Perfect Player

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IApril 24, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 23: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates his first home run of the game against the New York Mets on April 23, 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Mets 12-8.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Yesterday, Albert Pujols destroyed Mets pitching. Pujols hit two home runs, drove in four runs, scored four runs, and got on base four times. Performances like this have become commonplace for Pujols, who is one of the best players in all of baseball.

Obviously, the Cardinals manager has many reasons to gush over his star first baseman. Without Pujols, the Cardinals are toast. But perhaps LaRussa's opinion of Pujols is even further elevated than I originally thought.

"Perfect player, in my opinion," manager Tony La Russa said. "We're lucky to have him, believe me."
Pujols is a phenomenal player and probably the best hitter in baseball today. But by no means is he the perfect player because well, that's an impossible title.

Even in the face of impossibility, I thought it'd be interesting to create the "perfect player" using the various skills and talents of the best current ball players.

Here is my "perfect ballplayer," loaded with tons of intangibles:

SPEED: Jose Reyes
POWER: Adam Dunn
SWING: Albert Pujols
LEADERSHIP: Derek Jeter
HEART: Aaron Rowand
HUSTLE: Dustin Pedroia
ARM STRENGTH: Rick Ankiel
RAW TALENT: Josh Hamilton
DEFENSE: Torii Hunter
CLUTCH: David Oritz

Combine all those talents into one player, and that my friends, would be an amazing position player. I would pay big bucks to watch this guy play.

What makes up your "perfect player"? (position players only!)

Discuss in the comments.