Yasiel Puig is off to a great start in spring training. The Los Angeles Dodgers are happy, happy, happy—A little Duck Dynasty humor.
Last year the Dodgers signed the 22-year-old Cuban sensation to a seven year, $42 million contract. LA paid Puig a major price for a ton of potential.
Yasiel Puig has been impressive in the Dodger farm system, with .354BA, .442 OBP, .634 SLG and 15 RBI. He has been on the single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. This year he will move to the Chattanooga Lookouts in double-A ball.
However, if he keeps up what he’s doing, he may make a giant-Blue step. Puig is 6 for 16 and has .375 BA, .353 OBP, .500 SLG and two RBI. He has played in every spring game.
He has nothing but up-side, with amazing bat speed and strength. At 6’3”, 215lbs, he was once called the fastest player in Cuban baseball. Since defecting from Cuba, Puig has been a tremendous find. Dodger ownership wanted to sign Puig and make their statement— they are back in the international markets.
Puig played for Indios de Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Puig showed off his bat, speed and his strong arm. The Dodgers consider him their top prospect. There have been questions about his maturity, but how many of us were mature at 22?
If Yasiel Puig can continue making the noise he is in spring training, the Dodger organization has potentially another future MLB All-Star in their outfield. Time will tell, but for now Puig is making a lot of noise for a Dodger team that is climbing to the top.