This season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have proven that an influx of money into an organization does not always guarantee immediate success. In the end, fate wins.
Dodgers elite outfield prospect Yasiel Puig, who was once rumored to make a quick move to the big league club, was arrested early Sunday on counts of speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance in Chattanooga, Tenn. where he plays for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.
Mark Saxon of ESPNLA.com broke the story.
Dodgers’ top prospect, Puig, arrested after traffic stop espn.go.com/los-angeles/ml…
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) April 28, 2013
In a Chattanooga police report, Puig was said to have been a designated driver but was exhibiting examples of drunk driving himself. According to the report, “It took blue lights and multiple siren blasts” for Puig to notice he was being pursued by police officers.
Puig signed a seven-year, $42 million deal last summer and impressed the Dodgers with a stellar spring training. He batted .517 with three home runs and 11 RBIs and looked ready to make the Dodgers’ roster in his first season of American professional baseball. He is currently on the seven-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb.
Nothing has gone right for the Dodgers since the Magic Johnson-led ownership group took control of the franchise. The recent acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez and Zach Greinke are both on the DL for unfortunate injuries — Ramirez injured his thumb in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic and Greinke fractured his collar bone during a bench-clearing brawl against the San Diego Padres — and Los Angeles sits in fourth place in the National League West Division with a .500 record.
Puig’s arrest may not mean any concern moving forward in his development, but it serves as yet another example of bad luck for the Dodgers organization.
John Engel is a Pac-12 basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.