In case you did not hear the stat from the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcasters, Yasiel Puig has been so impressive that he is drawing comparisons to legend Joe Dimagio. Through their first fifteen games Puig and Dimagio had the same number of hits. As impressive as this is, Don Mattingly came out saying that Puig is not ready for all-star recognition yet. I think he is absolutely correct and it leads me to other thoughts about Puig’s fast start.
There are two ways to debut as a big time prospect at the major league level. Some bomb it out for a long slump and some burst onto the scene with a bunch of noise. Obviously Puig has made quite a lot of noise to draw comparisons to the unbelievable Dimagio. As soon as I hear or read that I immediately take a step back and think, ‘Woa, slow down’. Puig has been impressive through his first two weeks plus of action but it still is less than twenty games as of this writing.
Calm down folks. There have been other great starts at the big league level that never panned out like anyone thought. I think Puig absolutely has what it takes to stick around the big league level but that most certainly doesn’t make him an all-star or a legend in the making. If he continues on a pace similar to this one or regains the pace after slumping for a little bit, then the talk of how good he really is can begin. Until then any comparisons to legendary figures only do Puig a disservice.