It has been quite some time since someone has taken the world of Major League Baseball by storm like Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig. He has only been playing at the big league level for eight games and has already won his first award as the National League Player of the week. What is it that is so special about this kid? How long until someone figures a way to get him out?
The run Puig has had is so amazing that I wouldn’t be surprised if all of the National League teams are contacting Jason Marquis with one big question. The San Diego Padres starting pitcher is the only man so far that was able to get Puig out all game long. That is the only game in his short career where he has actually gone 0 for 4 on the night.
How good is he? Well 16 hits in 32 at-bats is pretty stinking good if you ask me. He has 4 homers and 10 RBI through 8 games. It has to be said that one of those homers was a grand slam of course. That goes a long way towards that boosted RBI total. Still, what he has done is quite amazing and while he hasn’t been blasting as many homers in the last few games, he has 8 hits in the last three contests.
Somehow he is actually hitting better now than when he came up, you know all of a week ago. From what I have seen he simply is confident and does not miss any mistakes right now. If I had Greg Maddux in my back pocket I would have him throw the ball to every inch around the plate to find where the best place was to avoid Puig’s destructive swing. Since we don’t have that I think most pitchers should try the old low and away until something else starts working.
Never in my entire life have I seen a rookie baseball player arrive mid-season and step into the batter’s box like he completely belonged. Puig has that attitude and he is absolutely correct. Already he has shown to have a strong and accurate arm, great swing, good speed and good all around defense. Also when the game is on the line and Puig is in the on-deck circle, no matter who the pitcher is, he’d just assume Puig stay over there. He is simply amazing.