Yasiel Puig Newsbeat
Monday, August 03, 2015
Jeff Passan’s Monday notes column.
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The question remains: How good can Puig be?
He has made an effort to be a better teammate since the All-Star break, sources say. But the far more relevant concern is his performance.
Puig’s OPS in July is only .623, and he remains vulnerable to high velocity. Scherzer struck him out three times Sunday, with fastballs registering 95 and 97 mph and a slider registering 87.
Puig, in 62 at-bats this season ending on fastballs between 89 and 94 mph, has batted .403 with a .613 slugging percentage — well above the league averages of .277 and .435, according to MLB Network research.
However, in 20 at-bats ending on fastballs between 95 and 99 mph, Puig has batted .200 with a .250 slugging mark — well below the league averages of .246 and .370.
Too small a sample? Perhaps. But last season, Puig fared even worse in a larger sample. In 50 at-bats that ended between 95 and 99 mph, he batted .120 with a .220 slugging mark, while the league averaged .239 and .344.
Puig has had individual success against certain hard throwers, but one measure of a good hitter is his ability to hit tough pitching, particularly in the postseason.
The overall numbers suggest that Puig is not quite there yet.
Friday, July 17, 2015
I wonder if a trade would light a fire under Puig?
While there is increased skepticism within the organization as to whether Puig’s production will ever match his talent, Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter remains optimistic.
“I wouldn’t give up on him now,” said Walter, the team’s controlling owner.
Walter said his backing of Puig is based not on the player’s marketability, but on how he thinks Puig will develop as a player.
“I think he’s just going to be a great player,” Walter said.
Walter pointed to a groundout by Puig last week in a home game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“If you watch him, he’s playing hard,” Walter said. “Did you see that squibbler? He ran his butt off. He almost got there too.”
Walter continued, “Puig clearly, clearly has incredible potential and talent. And I think he’s got a big heart and wants to play hard. So I think that will show up.”
However, Walter said that if the front office decides it should trade Puig, he wouldn’t prevent it from doing so.
“It’d be dumb for me to hire them and tell them what to do,” Walter said.
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
Monday, July 06, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
I don’t know what Mattingly is on about. Puig had a 159 OPS+ in year 1, 143 last year, 141 so far this year. His K-rate has improved every year (16.5% in this year’s small sample), the walk rate is high. OK, he probably won’t see that first-year HR rate again but in the article, Mattingly says he’s not a HR hitter anyway. Puig’s 1200 PA into his career and if pitchers haven’t found the solution yet ...
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Yasiel Puig will be sidelined “at least a couple weeks,” the closest the Dodgers have come to providing a timetable for Puig’s return.
Puig has been troubled by a strained left hamstring since April 13. He missed four of the next five games, then went on the disabled list April 26.
He was eligible to be activated Sunday, but reinjured the leg playing for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. An MRI exam on Monday confirmed the strain is not healed.
Posted: May 14, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
Thursday, May 07, 2015
This doesn’t sound good.
Ryu was supposed to begin throwing to hitters this week but did not make the trip with the Dodgers. Instead, he stayed behind to work out at Dodger Stadium and the training staff “decided to give him a couple days off” after his velocity decreased during his most recent bullpen session.
Mattingly said Ryu was clocked at only 82-83 mph during his throwing session Friday at Dodger Stadium, “a couple ticks below” what he had thrown in his previous workout. The lost velocity is suspected to be a result of “that tired-arm thing” pitchers often go through during spring training, the manager said.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Yasiel Puig is taking the game more seriously.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
These results are not binding. Unless Proposition 29 passes. And we all pray that it does.
Yes or No: I’m happy to see Alex Rodriguez back from his yearlong suspension.
Yes 41 percent
No 29 percent
I don’t care 30 percent
“He burned the union. That didn’t sit well with players, so we’ll see how that plays out on the field this year.”—American League pitcher
You’re commissioner for the day. What is the first thing you would do?
Top answer: Shorten the season 19 percent
“We get two days off a month. People with regular jobs get more days off than that!”—American League outfielder
Which player would make the most entertaining reality-show star?
“C.J. Wilson. He’s into racing cars, he travels everywhere. and he’s [married to] a supermodel.”—American League outfielder
“It’s Yasiel Puig. He’s completely insane. He’s got to be up to some wacky stuff. That would be the show to watch.”—American League pitcher
“Didn’t Madison Bumgarner bus down his cattle for spring training? And he bought his wife a baby bull as a wedding gift. You’re telling me you wouldn’t want to watch that?”—American League pitcher
“Wade Miley. It’d be like Duck Dynasty.”—American League pitcher
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 65 comment(s)
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