Los Angeles Dodgers

Yasiel Puig: What People Are Saying About the Young Stud's Rise to Stardom

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28:  Right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands for the national anthem before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Nate LevinsonCorrespondent IJune 29, 2013

Since his call-up from the minor leagues on June 3, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has set the baseball world on fire with a barrage of big hits, long home runs and laser throws (not to mention a few boneheaded base running mistakes).

In 24 games in the big leagues, Puig is hitting an amazing .424 to go along with seven home runs and a slugging percentage just shy of .700.

At this point, when checking the Dodgers' box scores, it's far more surprising to see that Puig didn't do something amazing in a game than to see that he did.

Every hit he gets, it seems, comes in a big spot.

He's hit a grand slam, he's thrown out a man to end a game, he has a two-homer game and every single of one his at-bats has become must-see television.

In all my years of watching baseball, I can't remember any prospect coming up and having the impact that Puig has had in such short order. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper became big-time players in their rookie seasons last year, but neither of them generated anywhere near the excitement that Puig has.

Puig plays with a kind of edge that separates him from his peers. Sometimes it can get him into trouble as he's been thrown out on the bases and made fielding errors by being over-aggressive, but even his mistakes seem exciting.

He has shown little in the way of plate discipline in working only four walks compared to 19 strikeouts and it's inevitable that he'll cool down as pitchers around baseball adjust to him.

Still, Puig has uncanny athletic ability and playing in the big market of Los Angeles will ensure that he remains in the spotlight for a long time coming.

I don't expect Puig to continue at anywhere near the pace he's going at now, but he'll continue to be the most exciting player in baseball even as his batting average drops.

Now, all there is to do is sit back and enjoy the amazing spectacle that is Yasiel Puig.

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