Few players in minor league baseball improved as dramatically in 2018 as did Clearwater/ Reading right fielder, Jose Pujols. He earns the Baseball Betsy/Ross Offensive Player of the Year in the Phillies minor leagues.
No one improved in 2018 more than Pujols in his second season with Clearwater. His batting average with the Threshers went from .194 to .301. He finished up second in batting average of qualifying hitters in the Florida State League.
While his batting average went up 107 points this year, many of his other metics almost doubled from 2017 in other offensive categories in almost similar number of at bats and FSL games: At bats, 325-352; runs, 24-54; hits, 63-106; total bases, 99-184; home runs, 8-18; RBIs, 29-58 and OPS .552-887. Watch a Clearwater home run of Pujols, HERE.
The FSL named Pujols its Offensive Players of the Year for his slash line of .301/.364/.523 He tied for first in outfield assists with 11, read HERE.
He tailed off a bit after his August 3rd call-up to Reading. His slash line fell to .270/.365/427 in 26 games and 89 at bats. He still hit four more home runs and drove in 18 runs. Watch his Reading grand slam, HERE.
The Phillies major league outfield could look like, sooner than later, Adam Haseley in left who slashed .316/.463/478 in 39 games (136 at bats) at Reading and Mickey Moniak in center who slashed .311/.355/.456 in August in 26 games (103 at bats) for Clearwater.