Yasiel Puig has arrived, literally:
Yasiel Puig has arrived at Dodger Stadium, welcome to the big leagues! pic.twitter.com/JdzMIl7fNb
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 3, 2013
I wrote last night about what it really means for Puig and for the Dodgers; in short, it means that the plan changed. The Dodgers didn’t plan on having Puig in the majors this soon. Maybe Puig isn’t here if Carl Crawford, the Dodgers’ only outfielder who presents a stolen base threat, is healthy. Power-hitting Alex Castellanos is in Triple-A and he’s the only logical alternative — in fact, he’s the only other natural outfielder on the 40-man roster available for recall.
Puig was hitting well in Double-A Chattanooga, but will he still be as rough around the edges as he was in spring training? Should be fun to find out.
Some bullet points for an Opium Suppression Movement day:
• FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal believes Puig will need to play a deep center field to be successful.
• BaseballAmerica.com links a couple college prospects to the Dodgers in the first round of Thursday’s draft: Samford’s Phillip Ervin and Notre Dame’s Eric Jaigelo.
• Believe it or not, there is a baseball juggernaut in Southern California.
• Catcher J.R. Towles, a veteran of 155 major-league games, signed a minor-league contract last week and made his Isotopes debut Saturday, going 1 for 5.
• That was also Alfredo Amezaga‘s last game (for now) with Albuquerque. The 35-year-old utilityman had an opt-out clause. It’s safe to say that no one expected 25 RBIs in 37 games from him. Today Amezaga took his talents to Cancun — specifically, the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican Baseball League.
• According to BaseballAmerica.com, the Dodgers also released minor league RHP Aris Angeles, RHP Ricardo de la Rosa, RHP Samuel Taveras, C Jesus Flores, 3B Jeff Hunt and SS Justin Boudreaux this week.
• Thanks to colleague Wes Woods for recommending Bombino. I don’t know what they’re singing in this song, which consists entirely of two chords and reminds me of early Santana: