Yasiel Puig
Yasiel Puig
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Puig may never realize the potential teased when he burst onto the scene in 2013, but if the past two seasons are an indication, his skills have stabilized to the point where we can bank on him being a plus contributor, especially in power. From a skills perspective, 2018 mirrored 2017, albeit with 126 fewer PA. Puig missed almost two weeks early with an ankle contusion, then nearly three weeks midseason with an oblique strain. His historical reverse splits were more extreme than normal (.921 vs. RHP, .628 vs. LHP). He hasn't actually accrued ample plate appearances to own the splits, but it certainly appears safe to say he hits RHP better than LHP. Following an offseason trade to Cincinnati, Puig has been reunited with hitting coach Turner Ward and now has a clear path to a true everyday role in 2019, but he should realistically be drafted for his floor as opposed to the perceived "sky is the limit" ceiling he had when he first came over from Cuba. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $9.7 million contract with the Reds in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration. Traded to the Indians in July of 2019.
On bench again Sunday
OFCleveland Indians
September 29, 2019
Puig is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
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Puig will sit for the second straight contest after the Indians were eliminated from playoff contention Friday. The 28-year-old will enter free agency this offseason after posting a .267/.327/.458 slash line with 24 home runs, 84 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 149 games between the Reds and Indians.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
10
64
20
9
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
35
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+47%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+54%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .674 452 45 11 48 15 .225 .314 .359
Since 2017vs Right .863 1173 163 64 173 34 .280 .341 .522
2019vs Left .791 154 17 5 23 3 .279 .357 .434
2019vs Right .783 457 59 19 61 16 .263 .317 .465
2018vs Left .628 153 16 4 15 7 .209 .268 .360
2018vs Right .921 291 44 19 48 8 .297 .357 .564
2017vs Left .592 145 12 2 10 5 .183 .317 .275
2017vs Right .909 425 60 26 64 10 .288 .355 .554
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .782 788 90 30 110 20 .265 .332 .450
Since 2017Away .839 837 118 45 111 29 .265 .335 .504
2019Home .818 300 31 10 42 9 .295 .357 .461
2019Away .753 311 45 14 42 10 .239 .299 .454
2018Home .686 227 25 6 28 6 .243 .295 .390
2018Away .965 217 35 17 35 9 .292 .359 .605
2017Home .828 261 34 14 40 5 .250 .337 .491
2017Away .836 309 38 14 34 10 .273 .353 .483
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Stat Review
How does Yasiel Puig compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
7.2%
 
K Rate
21.8%
 
BABIP
.308
 
ISO
.191
 
AVG
.267
 
OBP
.327
 
SLG
.458
 
OPS
.785
 
wOBA
.343
 
Exit Velocity
89.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.7%
 
Barrels/PA
6.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Puig's tumultuous 2016 put him on thin ice, but he improved his attitude and patience at the plate en route to a career-best home run total and BB/K (0.64). The Cuban import nearly doubled his walk rate (to 11.2 percent) and finally tapped into the type of power that many thought he had but which had yet to manifest itself. He fell just two homers shy of 30 despite a 48.1 percent groundball rate. Puig scuffled against lefties (.183/.317/.275) and has a reverse platoon split for his career, but he's still historically hit lefties at an above-average level, so there may be room for batting-average growth. His near Gold Glove defense should keep him as a starter entering his contract year, and his run and RBI totals could improve with a more regular spot in the heart of the batting order -- the majority of his at-bats (204) came from the eight hole last season.
Either you believe in Puig or you don't. Both sides have valid cases. There's no denying his raw athletic ability, but it's also perfectly fair to question Puig's desire to get the most out of it. Last season was tumultuous for the Cuban native, beginning in the spring, when he avoided a suspension stemming from alleged domestic violence charges during a November 2015 bar fight. Puig was unable to get in a groove, perhaps a result of lingering left hamstring soreness that eventually resulted in a June DL stint. After returning, the struggles continued. That and a lack of hustle culminated in a minor league demotion. Puig responded well with an eye-popping slash line at Triple-A Oklahoma City, yet he was still placed on waivers. After being claimed and pulled back, Puig returned to the bigs when rosters expanded, hitting a modest .281 with four homers and 11 RBI. The good news for the believers is the price to own has dropped. The bad news is playing time isn't a sure thing. Invest at your own peril.
Coming off a strong .296/.382/.480 first full season, expectations were high for Puig last year, but hamstring injuries limited the mercurial outfielder to just 282 at-bats and a .255/.322/.436 slash line. One of the more divisive players in the game at the tender age of 25, Puig's actions on and off the field have come into question, but his upside between the lines remains enormous. Unlike some Cuban sluggers, Puig has a decent eye at the plate (9.5% career BB%), he runs hard and has a cannon of an arm. His .192 career ISO is solid, but his raw talent seems to call for much more. He hasn't always been in the best shape, and while has a lot to prove in 2016, it may be worth gambling on his considerable upside. He should be the team's Opening Day right fielder, and with an offseason dedicating to getting himself in tip-top shape, Puig could eventually provide first-round fantasy value.
After bursting onto the scene as a rookie in 2013, expectations were sky high for Puig in his second big league campaign. Somehow, there was an air of disappointment in what turned out to be a 5.1-fWAR season. Even with a variety of ailments that included thumb, head, hip, hand, and hamstring injuries, Puig logged 148 games last season, but it's fair to wonder if his reduced power was as much the function of playing at less than full health as it was the result of the league figuring out how to pitch to him. Overall, Puig showed improved plate discipline (10.5% BB%, 19.4% K%), but a late-September slump carried over to the postseason and Puig was placed on the bench for the Dodgers' season-ending loss to the Cardinals after he struck out eight times over 12 at-bats to begin the NLDS. Just 24, Puig's ceiling remains very high, but he still shows the occasional lack of polish despite regular flashes of brilliance that suggest he'll be an MVP candidate in the near future.
Puig electrified the team and the city from Day 1 of his big league debut June 3, knocking two hits in his debut and two home runs in Game 2. He had his ups and downs as pitchers started adapting to his free-swinging ways, but Puig also adapted himself, taking more pitches as the season wore on. The end result was a .319/.391/.534 slash line that included 19 homers and 11 stolen bases in 382 at-bats. He's certainly a work-in-progress, but coming off a .925 OPS rookie season, the sky appears to be the limit.
The Dodgers swooped in with $42 million just before Major League Baseball put a cap on international spending and grabbed Puig, the latest Cuban buzz-worthy young outfielder. He appeared in 23 games in the Dodgers' minor league system and delivered a 1.076 OPS with five homers and eight steals in just 82 at-bats. It's possible, with the team's projected outfield all signed through at least 2017, that the team will need to make a trade (Andre Ethier?) to free up a spot for Puig, but that can be decided later. For 2013, expect Puig to open up in Double-A.
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Day off Saturday
OFCleveland Indians
September 28, 2019
Puig will sit Saturday against the Nationals.
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Generates three hits in win
OFCleveland Indians
September 25, 2019
Puig went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and a pair of runs Tuesday in the Indians' 11-0 win over the White Sox.
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Provides walk-off single
OFCleveland Indians
September 18, 2019
Puig went 4-for-5 with a single and RBI on Wednesday against the Tigers.
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Out of Thursday's lineup
OFCleveland Indians
September 5, 2019
Puig is not in Thursday's lineup against the White Sox.
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Slumping at plate
OFCleveland Indians
August 29, 2019
Puig has gone 5-for-34 with three runs, two RBI and a 5:9 BB:K over his last nine games.
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