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Yasiel Puig About To Make Huge Impact For Los Angeles Dodgers

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 season is under a week away now and there is one major question surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It appears that Carl Crawford may miss the first week of the regular season and that should open the door for Yasiel Puig. Puig has been hammering the baseball in spring training with a .526 average coming into Tuesday’s action, and is making a serious push to be Crawford’s replacement at least for the first week of the regular season.

Puig has played in just 23 minor league games and while he hit five home runs and batted .354 in those games, people aren’t going to want to see him start just yet. I’m thinking the opposite though — Puig could be another one of those Cuban transfers that will make a huge impact in the game, just like Yoenis Cespedes did last season and like Jorge Soler will soon.

I think Puig will be in left field when the season starts for the Dodgers and while it may only be a week of him starting in MLB, I bet it will be exciting. Puig is going to turn into the next big outfielder at Dodgers Stadium. It’s only a matter of time, and his promotion is more when it will happen rather than if it will happen. Every Dodgers fan must be watching Puig over the next week.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.