Puig is racking up RBIs at a record rate, too. He’s driven in nine, which ties the most RBIs through four games among players that began their career since 1920 (the year RBIs became an official statistic) per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Meanwhile, the superlatives are piling up.
“He is the Dodgers’ one-man version of Showtime, so far, on a team owned by the leader of Showtime, Magic Johnson,” writes Buster Olney.
“That is what makes Puig so fun: When he comes to bat you pay attention, regardless of the game score,” writes Tom Verducci. (Actually it’s more than that. Fans were paying attention Thursday when hits found their way to right field, and it first dawned on them that Puig would have to throw the baseball. You could literally hear the gasps and imagine the thoughts: “What’s he going to do?”).
“I do not believe he will be” a star, writes Keith Law. Wait, that’s from a month ago.
“Meantime, the game lurks,” writes Tim Brown. “It’ll come for even [Puig], like it did for (Jason) Heyward, and therein lies the fight. It’s what they’re all trying to do.
Some more bullet points for National Doughnut Day:
• Another reason to savor the moment: Puig is still getting pitches over the plate:
Yasiel Puig heat map– pitch location for his hits/outs http://t.co/zpNU16D0Dk
— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) June 7, 2013
For Puig's nickname, just saw "Fidel Blastro"
— Shaky Cam Apologia (@SethAmity) June 7, 2013
• “If only the Dodgers could get that darned Ethier out of the way,” and other players Ken Rosenthal thinks could hit the trade market.
• This would have been bigger news if not for Puig and the draft: Julio Urias won his first professional game last night, pitching five innings for the Single-A Great Lakes Loons. The 16-year-old lefty threw 33 of his 56 pitches for strikes.
• Per Will Carroll on Twitter, 15 percent of first-round picks were African-American. The group includes J.P. Crawford (Carl Crawford‘s cousin) and Dominic Smith, who trained at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick writes that Eric Smith relayed his scouting reports on the pair to Darryl Strawberry; these are two of the best Los Angeles natives ever to play the game.
• Put in the context of history and a normal free-market economy, the draft is worthy of abolishment. (I think Malcolm Gladwell made a similar argument to Bill Simmons once during Page 2’s heyday.)
• The new Boards of Canada trailer is the substance of my Interstate-10-somewhere-outside-Indio fantasies. Dreamy, yet hauntingly real: