Minor League Prospect Note: Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are promoting outfield prospect Yasiel Puig to Rancho Cucamonga in the High-A California League, according to Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Puig played nine games for the Arizona Rookie League Dodgers before his promotion, going12-for-30 (.400) with three triples, four homers, six walks, and seven strikeouts. Overall slash line: .400/.500/1.000. Needless to say, rookie ball competition wasn't challenging Puig.
A Cuban defector, Puig is listed at 6-3, 215 pounds, reportedly born December 7, 1990. The Dodgers signed him in June to a major league contract worth $42,000,000 over seven years. At the time, this was controversial: scouts like Puig's power, but opinions about the rest of his tools and level of polish varied wildly, and many experts on Latin American players felt the Dodgers overpaid, as indicated by Ben Badler over at Baseball America.
The Dodgers, obviously, disagree with those assessments. Puig was killing younger rookie ball competition at age 21, which is to be expected. Two weeks in the California League will give us a more accurate, if brief, view of how his talents hold up.