Yasiel Puig
Yasiel Puig
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Dodgers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Hits three more homers
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 15, 2018
Puig went 3-for-6 with three homers and seven RBI in Saturday's 17-4 victory over the Cardinals.
Puig knocked a solo homer in the fourth, a three-run shot in the fifth and another three-run blast in the eighth. He now has an incredible five homers in two days after hitting two Friday. The two games have brought the outfielder's home-run total up to 21 while raising his slugging percentage from .459 to .504.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .680 415 42 12 44 12 .220 .304 .376
Since 2016vs Right .862 930 131 48 133 23 .285 .349 .513
2018vs Left .665 139 16 4 15 7 .216 .281 .384
2018vs Right .917 268 40 17 43 8 .298 .358 .559
2017vs Left .592 145 12 2 10 5 .183 .317 .275
2017vs Right .909 425 60 26 64 10 .288 .355 .554
2016vs Left .784 131 14 6 19 0 .261 .313 .471
2016vs Right .715 237 31 5 26 5 .265 .329 .386
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Since 2016Home .757 634 80 25 85 12 .250 .319 .438
Since 2016Away .851 711 93 35 92 23 .279 .350 .501
2018Home .667 210 24 5 24 6 .237 .290 .376
2018Away 1.012 197 32 16 34 9 .307 .376 .636
2017Home .828 261 34 14 40 5 .250 .337 .491
2017Away .836 309 38 14 34 10 .273 .353 .483
2016Home .764 163 22 6 21 1 .267 .325 .438
2016Away .721 205 23 5 24 4 .261 .322 .399
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Homers twice in victory
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 14, 2018
Puig went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs in Friday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 13, 2018
Puig is not in the starting lineup versus St. Louis on Thursday.
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Three hits and stolen base
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 12, 2018
Puig went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a stolen base and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Reds.
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Out of lineup
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 9, 2018
Puig is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale at Colorado, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Not starting Saturday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 8, 2018
Puig is not in the lineup Saturday against Colorado.
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