In 2012, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Yasiel Puig to a seven-year, $42 million contract. L.A. paid Puig a major price for a ton of potential, and he is showing off that potential this spring, hitting over .500 in the Cactus league as the Dodgers’ top-prospect.
Puig has been impressive in the Dodger farm system, with .354BA, .442 OBP, .634 SLG, and 15 RBIs. He has been on the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. This year, he is slated to start with the Chattanooga Lookouts in Double-A ball. However, if he keeps up what he is doing, he may make a giant Blue step.
At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, he was once called the fastest player in Cuban baseball. This spring, he has stolen four bases. Since defecting from Cuba, Puig is a tremendous talent, and has even caught the eye of team manager Don Mattingly. “This guy is full of speed. He is a beast. When this guy comes around the bases, it’s a train coming.” Mattingly said.
If Puig can continue what he is doing in spring training, the Dodger organization has the potential to put another future MLB all-star in their outfield sometime in the future. Time will tell, but Puig is making a lot of noise for a Dodgers team that is trying to climb their way back to the top. Puig may also make that next big step sooner than anticipated.
He may start in double-A yet, but I would expect that this talented outfielder won’t stay there for very long.