Top Dodgers Prospect Yasiel Puig Arrested
Yasiel Puig, the star of spring training for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has the attention of the club once again less than a month into the season. The problem is that the attention he is receiving now is not due to on field issues but rather an arrest this week in Tennessee. According to reports, the Dodgers top prospect was driving recklessly without insurance. Puig was pulled over in a 50-MPH zone while driving 97.
The statement Dodgers GM Ned Colletti gave to the press was that the club was “handling discipline internally” which most likely means a fine of some sort. Usually the amount of the fine or discipline is kept from the media so there is no telling the severity of the punishment Puig will receive. Colletti also added that the organization takes these type of things very seriously. I’m sure the Dodgers brass breathed a collective sigh of relief when it was learned that there was no mention of alcohol in the police report.
For Puig, being the top prospect in the system and making a big salary (7 years, 42 million), the expectations are that much higher. When the Dodgers broke camp and headed west to Dodgers Stadium, Puig had finished the spring hitting .517 in 27 games with three homers and 11 RBIs. The team decided to start him in Double-A Chattanooga since he was such a free swinger in camp. In 58 at-bats in spring training Puig didn’t draw a single walk. Heading to Tennessee patience at the plate was on the short list of things Puig has to do to get the call up to the big club.
Puig returned from the DL Monday night for his first start since the arrest. The slugger seemed unphased as he went 2-for-6 and hit his fourth home run of the year. In his 54 minor league at-bats in 2013, Puig has taken four walks compared to 12 strikeouts and although his batting average has come back to earth it’s still .333 (18-for-54).
Hopefully this has taught Puig a valuable lesson that athletes are not excluded from the law because as long as he does things right, by all accounts, he will be a superstar in Major League Baseball.