Forget The All-Star Game, Yasiel Puig Is Making Baseball History
There has been much debate over the course of the last few weeks whether Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig belonged at the upcoming All-Star game in New York. Players, analysts and fans alike all chimed in voicing their support or stance against the selection. However, forget about the All-Star game this kid is making baseball history before your very eyes rewriting this record books just 6 weeks into his major league career.
As baseball fans we have been pretty spoiled over the past few seasons thanks to the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg all making their mark on the game. But I have a gut feeling that the native of Cuba may be in a league of his own, and yes I realize Puig will not hit .400 forever and yes I realize opposing pitchers may be able to exploit his free swinging.
In saying that Yasiel Puig has only played 33 games of major league baseball thus far, however in those 33 games Puig has 17 multi-hit games. Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett tweeted that According to SABR, Yasiel Puig is only the 2nd player since 1950 to maintain .400 average thru 1st 130 big-league at bats. A pretty telling and amazing statistic when you think of all the players who have laced up the spikes since 1950.
Puig has even impressed the legendary voice of the Dodgers as Vin Scully was recently quoted saying [quote]”I keep marvelling at what he’s doing. It’s just not that easy.”[/quote]
His slash line after 33 games looks like something from a baseball video game: .409 BA, .436 OBP, .667 SLG and a 1.102 OPS. Puig has 54 hits good for 88 total bases, dialled long distance 8 times and swiped 5 bags all the while catapulting the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the National League West basement. Defensively Puig already owns a handful of web gems, 3 outfield assists and has crashed into the wall more times than Dodger fans would like to witness. Early on Puig is making the 7 year, $42 million dollar contract look like a steal for the Dodgers brain trust.
To give you a comparison, Washington Nationals phenom and All-Star Bryce Harper has 50 hits in 178 at bats while Puig has 54 hits in 132 at bats. The Dodger rookie has 4 more hits than Harper in 46 fewer at bats.
Puig may not hit .409 for the remainder of the season but he is for real and arguably one of the best 5-tool talents in the game. So brace yourself, Puig-Mania is in full effect and history is being made right before your eyes.