Los Angeles Dodgers Call Up Star Prospect Yasiel Puig

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 2, 2013

The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned right-hander Matt Magill to the minors on Sunday and will recall outfielder Yasiel Puig on Monday, the Dodgers announced on Twitter:

Puig defected from Cuba in 2012 and was shortly signed by the Dodgers to a seven-year, $42 million contract.

In the Cuban National Series, Puig hit .330 with 17 home runs, 47 RBI and recorded a .430 on-base percentage in 327 at-bats during the 2010-11 campaign. At Double-A Chattanooga this year, the 6'3", 215-pound outfielder batted .313 with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 26 runs in 147 at-bats.  

The Dodgers need all the help they can get. They are 23-32 this season—good for last place in the NL West—and they rank 28th in baseball in runs scored.

It was only a matter of time before the club brought up its prized prospect, especially given his performance in Double-A ball this season. Perhaps it's a little earlier than the Dodgers wanted to, but at this point, they need a jolt in the arm.

It's going to be interesting to see if Puig lives up to his potential (and price tag) in the coming years. If so, he could end up paying dividends for the Dodgers sooner rather than later.

Magill, a 23-year-old out of Simi Valley, struggled in his first five starts in the big leagues, giving up 17 earned runs in 24 innings (6.38 ERA). He gave up seven runs (six earned) in six innings against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, as the Dodgers fell 7-2.

In that respect, this was a logical move for the franchise. Dodgers fans everywhere are hoping that Puig can ignite a rather lifeless club at the moment.