Pujols best of 25-and-under group

Originally Published: June 3, 2005
By John Kruk | ESPN Insider
Editor's note: MLB analyst John Kruk discusses the best 25-and-under players in the majors.

It's almost unfair to have him on this list because he may be the best overall hitter in the league. It's amazing the numbers he puts up even though he's just 25 years old.

A player isn't supposed to start to truly understand the game and all the little things that surround it until he's played four or five years, which makes what Pujols has done all the more astounding. This guy came into the league hitting the ball extremely well, hard and to all fields. He has a great understanding of pitch counts and what he's supposed to do in every situation.

John Kruk

Baseball Tonight analyst
John Kruk, a three-time All-Star outfielder/first baseman, serves as an analyst on ESPN's Emmy Award-winning Baseball Tonight, as well as working select game telecasts. He joined ESPN beginning in the 2004 season.