What started as a memorable MLB debut for Yasiel Puig has turned into an incredible week, and it isn’t even close to being over yet. Puig homered twice for the Los Angeles Dodgers in just his second game, and on Thursday, he topped himself by hitting his first career grand slam.
Some players play their entire baseball careers without even one home run, let alone a grand slam. In four games this season, Puig now has hit three long balls and has collected nine RBIs. In no way do I think Puig’s early career success is a fluke. He could be the solution to a sluggish and slumping last-place Dodgers team.
In Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, Puig drove in four of his team’s five runs, and had two of the Dodgers’ seven total hits.
Los Angeles currently ranks 24th with a slugging percentage of .378, and the team’s offense is 27th with 208 runs scored. Puig has helped with both areas, and can improve the team’s on-base percentage and batting average as well.
Puig’s baseball career is less than a week old, but he has already contributed enormously to the Dodgers. This is just the beginning to him becoming an offensive leader. Heads up to the rest of baseball — Puig is ready to continue his early MLB success through the rest of the 2013 season.