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The Rise and Fall of Yasiel Puig

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In 2013, Yasiel Puig, a 22-year old rookie out of Cienfuegos, Cuba exploded onto the MLB scene. With his cannon of an arm, his loud bat, and extreme athleticism, he looked to be the next big MLB superstar,  but just three short years later, we see the former MVP candidate being sent down to the minor leagues.

Just before the deadline, the Dodgers made a move to acquire Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s, thus putting Puig’s future with the Dodger’s in major jeopardy. According to multiple sources, the Dodgers told Puig that he would either be traded or sent down to the minors by the time the trade deadline hit.

Although the Dodgers failed to move Puig like they had hoped, they kept their word and demoted him to AAA.

Let’s take a look at some of Puig’s stats over the past couple of years:

2013 – 104 G, 382 AB, 122 H, .319 BA, .391 OBP, .534 SLG (15 MVP votes, 2 ROY votes)

2014 – 148 G, 558 AB, 165 H, .296 BA, .382 OBP, .480 SLG (19 MVP votes, ASG appearance)

2015 – 79 G, 282 AB, 72 H, .255 BA, .322 OBP, .436 SLG

2016 – 81 G, 277 AB, 72 H, .260 BA, .320 OBP, .386 SLG


As the stats show, the drop off between Puig’s 2014 and 2015 campaigns was monumental. He went from being one of the best fastball hitters in the league to barely being able to put one in play. He also has showed extremely poor plate discipline over the past two seasons, and pitchers have been able to take advantage.

This year, Puig bats a meager .260 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs in 81 games. He also has a career low .706 OPS, which is tied for 184th among players with at least 300 plate appearances.

As if all of these things were not enough to show his poor performance, here is another stat for you: In Puig’s first two seasons, he was among the top 15 players in wins above replacement. Since then, he ranks outside the top 150.

It is not very often that you see a player put up MVP numbers one season and then have below-average stats the next.

Puig has always been known to have an unpredictable temper — and it is starting to look like his performance might but be just as uncertain.

It is almost certain that we will see Puig playing in the majors again someday, but whether he will be playing in Dodger blue is an entirely different question.