Albert Pujols Profile
Date of Birth: 01/16/1980
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
High School: Fort Osage HS (Independence, MO)
A 13th round draft pick by the Cardinals in 1999, Pujols has arguably had the best start to a career of any player in Major League Baseball history. Most would agree that he is the best player in the game today.
It all started in spring training, 2001. After just one season in the minors, the 21-year-old earned a spot on the Cardinals Opening Day roster that season. Thanks to an injury to Bobby Bonilla prior to the season, Pujols opened the season starting in left field. The rest is history.
After three truly historic seasons in which Albert won the NL Rookie of the Year (2001), a batting title (2003), and various other awards, the Cardinals awarded Pujols with a seven-year, $100 million contract prior to the 2004 season. The deal is the largest in Cardinals history, locking him up through at least 2010, with an option for 2011.
2006 marked "El Hombre's" sixth straight season with a .300 batting average, 100 runs, 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in. On July 13, 2006, Pujols became the first player in Major League history to have 30 or more home runs in his first six seasons, and he is also the youngest player to hit 250 home runs in the Majors.
Pujols is a five-time All-Star (01, 03, 04, 05, 06), three-time winner of the Silver Slugger award (01, 03, 04), and winner of the 2005 MVP. He won his first Gold in 2006.