In the sixth inning of the Dodgers' home game against the Atlanta Braves Friday night, Puig bashed his fourth homer in his first five games.
Via @EliasSports Yasiel Puig: 2nd player in modern baseball history (since 1900) to hit 4 HR in his first 5 games. (Mike Jacobs, 2005 Mets)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 8, 2013
As you can see in the videos below, Puig isn't just pulling balls over the fence; he's showcasing explosive power at the plate.
The Dodgers were forced to call up Puig from Double-A on June 2 due to a lineup that was decimated by injuries (Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford being the biggest).
What was originally a sign of desperation may now signal the birth of a new star in Los Angeles.
Puig has ignited the Dodgers offense. His historic home run comes after his first grand slam in the club's previous game.
As Darren Rovell reports, Puig's rookie card has already become a hot commodity.
A Yasiel Puig signed Leaf rookie card has topped $1,200 on eBay.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 8, 2013
The third-worst offensive team in baseball at the time of his promotion, the Dodgers are 4-1 in the five games that Puig has played in, thanks in large part to his .421 average and 10 RBI.
Puig has certainly made the most of his opportunity. Now the question is what the Dodgers plan to do with a suddenly crowded outfield when they get all of their stars back from the DL.