Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig Making Name for Himself in Spring Training

By Michael Terrill
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig Making Name for Himself in Spring Training
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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has dominated in his first Major League camp. Even though there does not appear to be any room on the 25-man roster for Puig, the Dodgers have to be happy with what they have seen in Spring Training.

Puig is batting a whopping .527 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, five doubles, two triples and four stolen bases in 55 at-bats this spring.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound slugger collected 10 hits in his last 11 at-bats heading into Sunday’s game, where he went hitless for the first time in nine contests. Regardless, the Cuba native is certainly making a name for himself with the Dodgers.

In fact, if it were not Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier starting in the outfield, there is a decent chance that Puig would get a shot. The right-handed batter just so happens to be involved with one of the most talented organizations in Major League Baseball, which does not bode well for his chances of stepping on the field anytime soon during the regular season.

The 22-year old has only one year of Minor League experience under his belt. He posted a .354 batting average, five home runs and 15 RBI in 82 at-bats with two lower level affiliates of the Dodgers. Obviously, after his breakout performance in camp, Puig will not start the year out any lower than Double-A. In fact, it is more likely that he will begin the 2013 season in Triple-A.

With that being said, Puig still has plenty to learn before he takes the next giant leap. Even though he is dominating all kinds of pitching in the big leagues, Los Angeles must make sure he is ready to handle the majors before moving him too quickly.

It will be interesting to see what Los Angeles decides to do with their youngster once the Dodgers break for camp next week.

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