"If i was the Dodgers i would have him hit every Level before the Bigs."
IMO you are right on the money. He is extremely gifted but he also appears to very immature. His statement to the Sun is exhibit A. Do you think we could put a little more pressure on him? Do you think he could put a little more pressure on himself? Not a good combo!
It is rare for players to jump from AA to the bigs, let alone from single A to the bigs. The Dodgers may have the best OF in baseball right now. Let's just enjoy watching this young "Phnom" develop and grow up.
Come out and watch him and the Quakes. We are going to Lake Elsinore today. Go Quakes! Go Dodgers!
"would love to see him play."
Come out to Rancho Cucamonga. It's a blast! The most expensive ticket is $12.
>>>It is rare for players to jump from AA to the bigs, let alone from single A to the bigs. The Dodgers may have the best OF in baseball right now.<<<
Not if youve played in Cuban national league for years.
Cespedes didn't play A or AA or AAA...went straight to ST.
So Puig suggesting he should be up soon is not rash or immature speak or even unchecked ego. It's a pretty rational thought.
He'll already be 22 when he comes up.
I've been saying for a month now Puig will be up some time in september...i still have that bet :p
Not sure why that article is so worried we will ruin Puig by rushing him...he'll be 22 and has played years of Cuban ball, he's not some kid straight from high school its a whole different deal.
You need to see him play.
Yesterday, he was hit by the pitch in his first AB. The Quakes already had a runner on third.With runners on 1st and 3rd, Puig just took off before the first pitch while the pitcher was in his stretch. They had him in a run down. The runner from third was sent to try to get him out of it. The ss threw home and got the runner at the plate. When the ss threw home, Puig was about 20 feet from 2nd. He did not run. He stood and watched the play at the plate. Then he VERY slowly walked to 2nd base. The Quakes lost 3 to 1. He has done something like this twice in 6 games. He runs the bases like a daring little leaguer. He doesn't now how to get a proper jump or read a pitchers move yet. He has speed to burn, so he gets away with it ( so times ) at single A. In the bigs he won't get away with it at all. He is obviously NOT READY.
Why would you bring a play like that into a pennant race, on a team that already has one of the best outfields in baseball.
How do you think Ethier, Kemp and Victorino feel about a kid who has had 6 games at single A saying he should come up to the big club so he can help them with a championship?
He has tremendous potential. I could a lot of great things about his abilities. No doubt about it. But I will be very surprised if we see him up this year.
********How do you think Ethier, Kemp and Victorino feel about a kid who has had 6 games at single A saying he should come up to the big club so he can help them with a championship?***
First off, I would like to thank you for your first hand scouting reports from rancho.I would like to go out there myself, but i live 70 miles away on the coast and it's been hot enough where I'm at.Ok, I'm a firm believer in competition, it brings out the best in everyone. what I would like to see transpire is they bring puig up, then platoon him with ethier. from what I see puig is hitting 500 against left handed pitching (please hold your laughter) dre as we all know has issues with lefties, now I know they are not going to bring him up this year, but next year in ST I want to see if he can handle big league pitching, if he can, then put in a platoon in RF, that way we lose no production. Also it will push andre to get better
"When the ss threw home, Puig was about 20 feet from 2nd. He did not run. He stood and watched the play at the plate. Then he VERY slowly walked to 2nd base."
Any thoughts on this part of my report?
********Any thoughts on this part of my report?**********
yeah, he needs to temper his game, and from that report he's not ready.
We were sitting near some real scouts. They were laughing their tails off and shaking their heads.
I've been trying to bring everybody back to earth on Puig. You seem to get it. So let me give you the positive side. He has great speed. He is hitting over .380 but we've only seen him really square it up once when he hit a line drive to center. Most of his hits have been ground balls he beats out. He doesn't strike out much. He makes a lot of contact. He has walks quite a bit. These are very good signs. If he can hit .380 (Even if it is A ball) without really being in the groove imagine what he will do when he gets hot. Speed is such a wonderful thing. I love the way he stands in the box. He walks directly to it and stays there like he is always ready to hit. He doesn't back out after every pitch and adjust his gloves and go for a walk. He challenges the pitcher. I'm a little bias here because that is the way I used to do it. Maybe one foot out while checking with the 3rd base coach.
When the team walked off the field after warming up, Puig stood on the sidelines for a long time starring into the other teams bullpen, watching their starting pitcher get ready. I like that too.
Everything about his body language screams that he is "in the game".
He has hit the cut off man every time which is something other Quake outfielders seem has trouble with.
I think we will definitely get a good look at him at Camelback next spring.
Thanks a lot for your reports.
I noticed he struck out 7 out of 36 PA in rookie league -- around 1 of every 5 PA.
At Rancho he's gone 3 SO in 25 PA -- around 1 every 8 PA.
He's only got singles at Rancho (still hitting 380 or so). Maybe he is working on contact.
"If he can hit .380 (Even if it is A ball) without really being in the groove imagine what he will do when he gets hot."
I think this is a very good observation.
" I love the way he stands in the box. He walks directly to it and stays there like he is always ready to hit. He doesn't back out after every pitch and adjust his gloves and go for a walk."
It's probably a Cuban league habit. It used to be like that in the US big leagues.
On the other hand the base running style is also probably Cuban league.
It seems he needs to break some Cuban league habits and retain others.