The Washington Nationals did it last season with Bryce Harper. The Los Angeles Angels did it last season with Mike Trout. Things worked out pretty well for both of those teams and their highly-touted rookies.
Calling up 20-year-olds is becoming more and more commonplace in MLB these days, but you know what … the babes are igniting the league.
Despite repeatedly saying that they would not need to call up prospect Yasiel Puig this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves in a position with a depleted outfield and made the call to Double-A Chattanooga. After only one game, it looked like it could be the smartest move the Dodgers have made all year … but not for the obvious reasons.
Sure, Puig’s debut was Harper-like. He had two hits, stole a base and scored. To top it off, he recorded the final out of the game with a throw from the right field warning track to first base, doubling up San Diego Padres‘ Chris Denorfia and ending any comeback threat.
The Dodgers must remain calm however, and look at the big picture with Puig. If they do so, his debut performance in Chavez Ravine could be more Trout-like.
Trout’s arrival to the parent club almost single handedly pulled the Angels out of the cellar. His vigor and hard-nosed hustle, not to mention his execution of nearly all facets of the game, lifted his team into contention, as did Harper’s arrival in Washington.
Puig is that type of player. Twirling his bat and smiling at the crowd are just signs of this prospect being at ease with his future stardom.