Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig said he’s worked on speed this off-season. (Getty Images)
With speedy leadoff man Dee Gordon and slugger Matt Kemp both traded, it’s not clear where Yasiel Puig will bat in the Dodgers’ lineup this season. He batted second most of last season, has hit first in the past, and has enough power to anchor the middle.
“I haven’t been told where I’ll be hitting,” he said in Spanish at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday. “Miguel Cabrera has given me some advice on working out, weightlifting. I’ve been exercising more this off-season than other years. … I’ve been concentrating on my speed to steal more bases.”
Sounds like he’ll be ready for anything. Here’s more from Puig (in Spanish):
Joc Pederson gave a seemingly mundane interview [above] to MLB.com today, talking about his personal development as a hitter and the rookie development camp going on this week in Los Angeles. Two things to keep in mind about what he said:
It’s going to take more than one story or one blog entry to grasp the full scope of what’s happened to the Dodgers roster since the end of the season. I wrote this today. It’s a start. Mostly, it’s a look ahead to what the 2015 Dodgers could look like. What changes could happen between now and then?
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had two doubles in a 3-for-4 performance last night in Team USA’s 6-1 win over Japan in the Japan All-Star Series. It was the first win for the traveling MLB squad against a Japanese all-star team known as “Samurai Japan.”
Puig made a diving catch in right field and also did this:
MLB has more on the game here; the box score is here. Dodgers catcher Drew Butera went 0 for 4 in the game.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig went 0 for 2 early Wednesday morning in Japan as a team of MLB All-Stars lost 2-0 to a team of Japanese All-Stars.
Puig struck out and walked in his only two plate appearances against Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda. Maeda, who has been reportedly interested in coming to MLB in 2015, threw five shutout innings. Puig grounded out against reliever Kazuhisa Makita in his only other plate appearance.
ST. LOUIS >> Yasiel Puig was smiling Tuesday afternoon, cracking jokes, looking nothing like a man who’d just been benched for a playoff game for the first time in his major-league career.
He learned his fate the same way the rest of us at Busch Stadium did: by seeing Andre Ethier‘s name in the lineup card. But Puig said in Spanish that he didn’t need to talk to manager Don Mattingly about the decision.
“We need to win that game,” Puig said. “I’m not working well on the field against St. Louis. It’s gone really bad in this series but … we’re doing the best we can. I’d like to hit every time I’ve gone up to bat, but haven’t been able to do so and I just win this game today with Ethier back there and with all of the guys that are playing. We know that we’re going to win with (Clayton) Kershaw on the mound and then continue at home with (Zack) Greinke.”