I was very shocked when the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Yasiel Puig back to Triple-A before the 2013 season got underway. I was thinking that the Dodgers had something there. It may have taken until June for the team to make the right move but Puig is showing that he should have been with the team from day one this year. There would be a lot of people including myself very shocked if Puig doesn’t win the Rookie of the Year if he can continue his current production.
He was hitting .486 with four home runs and ten RBIs through his first ten games. That would project to a full season where he had over 40 home runs and 100 RBIs. The batting average isn’t going to stay that high and who knows what the team does when Matt Kemp returns but they can’t send Puig back down. The team should be exploring trade possibilities with Andre Ethier as we speak. Ethier is the odd man out here with the emergence of Puig.
It is going to be exciting while it lasts though, and who knows how much longer that will be. It is time to just enjoy the ride and wait for the bumps in the road. Those are going to happen at some point. The Dodgers have a player though that they will have in right field for the next 15 years in Puig. It is going to be up to him, however, to adjust to whatever pitchers decide to do to mess up his hot streak. He appears up to the challenge though.