It’s worth pointing out that Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig both play right field. Finding playing time for both in a healthy lineup could become an issue. (Andy Holzman/Staff photographer)
Google “Puig will be a superstar” and click on the first result that comes up.
Go ahead, it’ll only take a second. I’ll wait.
That article came out shortly after Yasiel Puig signed with the Dodgers, but still less than a year ago. Either it took a while for those words to sink in or people tend to believe something when they see it. Or both. Danny Knobler of CBSsports.com caught up with Puig’s first manager in the United States, Matt Martin:
He was skeptical, until he saw Puig play. Then he tried to describe to everyone else what he was seeing — what we’ve all seen this week.
He told his bosses that Puig had better raw five-tool talent than Matt Kemp. They didn’t want to believe him. He searched his past and baseball’s present for other comparables, but he couldn’t find one that told the story.
“I always preface this by saying I don’t know how his career is going to turn out,” said Martin, who has since left the Dodgers and taken a job with the Orioles. “But on God-given ability going in, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen.”
Martin kept thinking, and finally he hit on it.
“I said, ‘He’s Adrian Peterson.’ That’s how much God-given ability this guy has,” Martin said. “That’s the comparison I had to give. He’s Adrian Peterson.”
A numerical analysis of Puig arrived today from FanGraphs. The conclusion:
Seven days in, Yasiel Puig looks like a star in the making. Maybe his approach will eventually become a problem, but it took opposing pitchers seven years to figure out how to get Josh Hamilton out. He might not walk much, but he looks like a guy who could be so good at everything else that it won’t matter.
Update: Puig was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday.
Some more bullet points for a Monday morning: