The definition of a 5 tool player in baseball is that of a player that excels at all five of the major physical tools: speed, throwing, fielding, hitting for average, and hitting for power. Some of the names that come to mind that are the definition of 5 tool players would be Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey Jr, and currently Mike Trout. The pool world has 5 tool players as well and none personifies that term better than the Lion himself, Alex Pagulayan. A part of the Filipino movement of players, Alex has been a high level pro player for a long time. Nicknamed “The Lion” for his shear will to never give up in a match and to give it all he has, and his name kind of sounds like Lion. Alex has accomplished something that no other pool player in history has done, win all three main event tournaments at the Derby City Classic. Alex is one of, if not the best all around player in the game today and is not afraid to gamble anyone in any game.
What got you into pool?
When I was 10 years old my Dad used to take me to the pool room and I would watch him play and I fell in love with the game.
What player from the past would you like to have played but didn't get the chance?