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Both are right fielders, 22-year-old right-handed batters who stand 6-foot-3 with big, raw power, more speed than guys their size should possess (Puig is a little faster) and strong throwing arms (Puig’s is probably a little stronger). Myers plays the more emotionally restrained and less theatrical American style of baseball. Both are going to be very good for a long time.
Anyway, I realize I didn’t answer the question. If forced, I guess Puig has a little more upside, especially if these early improvements he’s making in his strike zone judgment are legit. But I say that knowing Myers may very well develop into the better player, a .300 hitter with 35-homer power and above-average defense. It’s possible Puig loses that extra step in a couple of years and his defense and speed advantage even out to Myers. Plus, Myers may be that sneaky fast guy who knows how to steal bases—he’s 5-for-6, while Puig is 7-for-12. Myers is in a great organization with a great manager who will help him, and I don’t say that with the same trust in the Dodgers. Remember, too, their results are still small sample size stuff—are they really this good?
If we’re drafting 22-year-old outfielders, I take Mike Trout.
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