Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig has played just 30 games in the MLB, but fantasy baseball dynasty league owners couldn’t be happier with the Cuban defector. Puig has posted jaw-dropping stat lines since joining the team and there is no doubting that the youngster has had an All-Star fantasy first half.
The Cuban Crusher was paid $42 million this off-season so the team was obviously anxious to get him on the diamond. However, no one expected to him to play this well, this soon.
Puig has instantly become a fantasy superstar and anyone that has picked up the outfielder from the waiver wire could certainly attest to this. Over the last four-plus weeks, no one in fantasy has been as hot as the young Cuban. Not Chris Davis. Not Miguel Cabrera. Not even Mike Trout.
Puig currently has an insane .430 batting average. He has added eight home runs, seven doubles, 18 RBIs, and four stolen bases. Puig has also had 15 multi-hit games already and is riding an eight-game hitting streak at the moment.
He has made astonishing throws from the outfield as well, so he is doing more than just hitting the ball. Puig has made countless Web Gems from right field and has constantly frozen some of the best base runners in the game with his cannon arm. Most recently, Puig caught a foul ball while crashing into the outfield wall. He bruised his hip in the collision, but the youngster quickly returned to action and showed that he can be durable as well as productive.
Puig is having a Trout-like rookie season and 22-year-old will continue to climb up dynasty league rankings. Puig may not be in consideration for the first overall section next year, like Trout following his breakout season, but the young outfielder will be just as popular in dynasty leagues in 2014.
It has been heavily debated about whether Puig deserves to be an actual All-Star, but the outfielder has certainly proven that he deserves to be a fantasy All-Star this year.