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Is Pablo Sandoval the Giants Albert Pujols?



In 1999, Pujols was a late round (13th) draft choice. He was not heavily pursued.  His minor league career was not long, but his numbers were not spectacular.  He came up when he was 21.  He has not stopped hitting since. Pablo Sandoval was undrafted, but at 16, the giants signed him as an undrafted signee.  He was young, so it is hard to say that his numbers reflected little power, (they reflected little power) but as time elapsed he improved and in 2008, when he started the year at 21 years old, he started hitting and never stopped.  He also plays first, and third, as Pujols has done. Pablo who also catches, had the advantage of being ambidextrous, and is a switch hitter.  Both make great and consistent contact at the plate.  Albert so far seems more amenable to taking a walk, but Pablo still has his learning curve and appears willing to take in some wisdom, albeit slowly.

Albert is built like and adonis, while Pablo is built, well, can you say like a slightly bigger Bengie Molina? Unlike Bengie however, Pablo can run a bit.  Both Pablo and Albert are very hard workers.  Both show us that it isn't always the first round draft pick prospect that turns out to be the superstud. Pablo has not stopped hitting since last year.  He raked in Winterball down in Venezuela.  He also won their homerun derby.  He continued to tear it up in Spring training with the highest average for any player with 80 AB's or more.  And, after a slow start he is turning it up, and is among the league leaders in batting. Pujols is the face of the Cards and has been for quite some time. Even though the giants place much emphasis on pitching, it could just be that Pablo will become the face of the giants, with no disrespect meant to "the Freak" or to Matt Cain.  They should be a great tandem for years to come, and if healthy, the giants should do everything they can to keep them through their formidable pitching years.  If they can sign Zito for Bill Gates Dollars,  certainly they should have enough to keep this duo along with Bumgarner, Alderson, Posey, Villalona and  Neal.  Giants also seem to have some additional serious pitching talent in single and double A.

Pujols was a rare find, and many teams passed on him, including our beloved giants. Finally it seems, we have found our luck, crafting this diamond in the rough (BLOB) into the next unlikely hall of famer. Pablo has already become a fan favorite.  Is it too early to say:  Pablo we love you?

In 1999, Pujols was a late round (13th) draft choice.  He was not heavily pursued.  His minor league career was not long, but his numbers were not spectacular.   He came up when he was 21.  He has not stopped hitting ever since. Pablo Sandoval was undrafted, but at 16 the giants signed him as an undrafted signee.  He was young, so it is hard to say that his numbers reflected little power, but as time went on he improved and in 2008 when he started the year at 21 years old, he started hitting and never stopped.  He also plays first, and third, as Pujols has done, Pablo also has the advantage of being ambidextrous, and is a switch hitter.   Both make great and consistent contact at the plate.   Albert so far seems more amenable to taking a walk, but Pablo still has his learning curve and appears willing to take in some wisdom, albeit slowly.  

Albert is built like an Adonis, while Pablo is built, well, can you say like a slightly bigger Bengie Molina?  Unlike Bengie, however, Pablo can run a bit.  Both Pablo and Albert are very hard workers.  Both show us that it isn't always that first round draft pick prospect that turns out to be the stud.   Pablo has not stopped hitting since last year.  He raked in Winterball down in Venezuela.  He also won their homerun derby.  He continued to tear it up in Spring training with the highest batting average for any player with 80 AB's or more.   And after a slow start, he is turning it up, and is among the league leaders in batting.  Pujols is the face of the Cards, and has been for quite some time now.  Even though the giants have much emphasis on pitching, it could just be that Pablo will be the face of the giants,  with no disrespect meant to the "Freak" or to Cain, they should be a great tandem for years to come, and if healthy the giants should do everything to keep them through their formidable pitching years.  If they can sign Zito for Bill Gates dollars, certainly they should have enough to keep this tandem, along with Bumgarner, Alderson, Posey, Neal, and Villalona.  Giants seem to have quite a few other good pitchers in single and double A. 

Pujols was a rare find, and many teams passed on him including our beloved giants.   It seems like now, we have found our luck, crafting this diamond (blob) in the rough, into the next, unlikely hall of famer.  Pablo has already become a fan favorite.  Is it too early to say  "Pablo we Love You".

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