34-Year-Old First Baseman – Los Angeles Angels
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Pujols came into the 2013 season looking to atone for what was his worst statistical season in 2012. Unfortunately for Pujols, the plantar fasciitis he has dealt with for most of career became much mo...
Albert Pujols Contract Information:
Agreed to a 10-year, $254 million deal with the Angels in December 2011.
Pujols expects to play first base "95 percent of the time" this season, MLB.com reports.
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Albert Pujols: MLB Games Played By Position
Albert Pujols Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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2013 Stat Review for Albert Pujols As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)
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2014 Projected Stats Breakdown for Albert Pujols
2014 projections compared to top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)
2014 projections compared to top 40 first basemen in 2013 (min 300 PA)
Los Angeles Angels Roster
MajorsAybar, Erick (SS)
AAABoesch, Brennan (OF)
AAAuer, Tyson (OF)
A+Alvarez, R.J. (P)
ABedrosian, Cam (P)
RookieBolden, Ryan (OF)
Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats (View All Matchup Data)
Best Matchups for Albert Pujols (by OPS, min 16 AB)
Worst Matchups for Albert Pujols (by OPS, min 16 AB)
Albert Pujols: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Pujols got off to a slow start for the second year in a row and finished the season with what were easily the worst numbers of his career despite turning things around about one quarter of the way through the year. Although his numbers were still excellent by the standards of nearly any other player, Pujols set career-lows in home runs, runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. The peripherals back up the numbers, as Pujols' strikeout rate of 11.3 percent was his highest since his rookie season, and his home run and walk rates (4.5% and 7.8%, respectively) were the lowest marks of his career. The good news is that Pujols should enter the season relatively healthy after undergoing a minor arthroscopic procedure on his knee in October, and he figures to improve a bit in his second season with the Angels, especially if he can avoid a slow start. Pujols' run as the best hitter in baseball has likely come to an end, but he still figures to be one of the top producers at first base this season, even if he is no longer in the same class as reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera.
How would you like to have the kind of career where hitting .299 and driving in 99 runs is a disappointment? That's Pujols, who failed to reach 100 RBI and a .300 batting average for the first time in his illustrious career. That didn't stop him from hitting like an MVP down the stretch when he was carrying the Cardinals into the World Series. The dude can hit, and he'll continue to do so even in an Angels uniform, but he's 32 now. Another somewhat alarming note: his 61 walks were a career low and his BB:K ratio was his worst since 2002. His value isn't plummeting, but he no longer looks like the automatic top pick in fantasy drafts.
It seemed like something was wrong with Pujols early in 2010, but it's doubtful anyone complained about his final line, which even included 14 stolen bases. He's as consistent as they come: 10 years in the league, and only that annoying 99-run effort in 2007 prevented him from 10 years of 30-100-100-.300. He should be the consensus No. 1 pick in mixed leagues again in 2011.
Not much more can be said: Pujols is simply the best hitter in the league. The career-high 16 stolen bases probably won't be repeated next year, but you can feel safe picking him with the first pick in your league anyway. He had his long-awaited elbow surgery in October, but he should be fine by spring training.
Pujols was rightfully awarded the MVP in 2008, finishing with 37 home runs, 116 RBI and a .357 batting average. Not bad for a guy whose price was depressed last spring due to questions surrounding his sore elbow. Pujols finally had surgery in October, but is expected to be ready for spring training. As long as he's healthy in March, he could very well be the No. 1 overall pick in most fantasy drafts.
Although he only missed four games last season, Pujols played through numerous injuries all year and was on fumes during the last month. While his final stat line looks good, Pujols had career lows in runs, RBI and homers. Thatís more a testament to his great track record than to a bad year. Assuming he and the players around him stay healthy, thereís nothing keeping him from going back to being the best offensive player in the game this year.
Despite landing on the DL for the first time in his career, Pujols had yet another MVP-caliber season in 2006 and won his first Gold Glove. His .671 SLG and 92:50 BB:K were career bests. He appears to have no holes in his game, although he likely wonít again approach the 16 stolen bases he had in 2005. Heíll enter 2007 as the consensus top pick in draft formats.
In 2005, Pujols finally won the MVP award he has been so close to winning the previous four seasons. If we've learned anything from watching him in his first five seasons, it's that he's remarkably consistent. Expect more of the same stellar numbers in 2006.
Pujols will enter the 2005 season at age 25, meaning he has yet to hit his statistical prime, which sabermetricians postulate comes after age 27. That's a scary thought considering he set career highs with 46 home runs and 84 walks. A batter without weakness, Pujols lowered his strikeout total from 93 as a rookie to just 52 in 2004. With pitchers unable to stop him, health becomes an issue. He battled through plantar fasciitis in his left foot from August through the end of the season. He was hardly slowed, hitting .344 in September and .414 with six home runs in the postseason. Winter treatments should heal that problem right up, giving pitchers even more pause.
He can hit a little. Losing third-base eligibility is a minor blow; Pujols is a high draft pick no matter where he's eligible. Expect some dropoff from the big 2003, just enough to make him seem mortal. He's basically Vlad Guerrero with more plate discipline and less foot speed.
Last seasonís runner-up in the NL MVP voting, Pujolsí numbers actually fell off a bit last season despite putting up a very solid .314/.394/.561. But that says more about how good his rookie season (.329/.403/.610) was than anything negative about Pujolsí development. In fact, Pujolsí batting eye improved last season as he walked three more times (72 from 69) and struck out 24 fewer (69 from 93). Given his age, 23, his work ethic and his attitude, we expect Pujols to match or exceed last seasonís numbers in 2003. Pujolsí positional flexibility (41 games at 3B, 21 at 1B, 118 in the OF) is an added bonus.