[72] Puig has two other sons: Diego Alejandro, who was born in December 2013, and Damian Yair, born January 2018.

Want your voice heard? [24] Puig finished the month of June with 44 hits, breaking Steve Sax's 1983 team record for most hits by a rookie in one month. The fifth time, he was successfully taken to Mexico by Los Zetas, a murderous Mexican drug cartel involved in cocaine and smuggling. [68] The charges were dismissed after he served 12 hours of community service. Back in 2014, when the Cardinals were a never-ending thorn in the side of the Dodgers during the playoffs, Puig was the center of a small skirmish. There is probably going to be a big section of readers that hate this idea based off the title alone.

His range isn’t great, but his arm makes up for most of his deficiencies range-wise. It’s probably to be expected on a team with one proven 25-year-old, a 34-year-old well past his prime, and a bunch of prospects.

That’s just 37% of his games. If you are a fan who is arguing that the Cardinals are idiots for letting Marcell Ozuna walk away without an honest pursuit, just know that Yasiel Puig can produce just as good or better numbers at a fraction of the cost that Ozuna will be. The foundation's name embraces the nickname Vin Scully gave him as a rookie. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians. He played in a total of 79 regular-season games. Sports", "Yasiel Puig's incredible journey from Cuba to U.S. told by LA Magazine", "Puig's shocking defection tale: drug cartels, smuggling and murder", "Source: Dodgers agree to sign Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig", "66 things we now know about Yasiel Puig, the rookie sensation who wears No. Puig was selected to travel to Japan after the season with a team of MLB All-Stars playing against All-Stars of Nippon Professional Baseball in the 2014 Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series.

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Puig on June 28, 2012, to a seven-year deal worth $42 million.

Tommy Edman is better against lefties, Thomas is presumably better against lefties, Rangel Ravelo is better against lefties, Matt Wieters is better against lefties. On August 14, Puig got into an altercation with Nick Hundley at home plate. The Cardinals ZiPS projections were released Friday morning and the outfield projections were rough. He then hit a triple and scored the Dodgers' only run in a 3–1 loss. [28][29], In 2013, Puig hit .319 in 104 games with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. He was taken to the Collier County Jail[69][70] and released after posting bail. As you can see here, it doesn’t really look like Puig and Yadi were great friends at the time. He shoved Hundley, causing a bench-clearing brawl. [35] Puig also accepted an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star festivities. [63] According to its website, the foundation aims to inspire children and families in underserved communities by promoting healthier and better-quality lives through education, sports, community development, and health and wellness programs. His name was included among the All-Star Final Vote candidates.

Would you sign Yasiel Puig to a 1 year, $7 million deal? A 1.2 WAR player with the price of a win valued at $9 million per win is expected to get $10.8 million for one season. He has a sister, Yaima Puig. After the Quakes season, he was scheduled to join the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League, but a staph infection in his right elbow required surgery and sidelined him for several months. He’d slot in as the third best hitter in a lineup against right-handed pitching. St. Louis Cardinals news from FanSided Daily. [61] On August 1, 2019, Puig was suspended for three games due to his role in a brawl during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates while playing for the Reds. He was 2-for-4 in the game, and showcased his strong arm by recording an outfield assist on a double play to end the game. - A Hunt and Peck. [60], The three-team transaction sending Puig to the Indians became official the following day on July 31, 2019. In his career, he has been a 109 wRC+ against left-handed pitching. [39], Puig began the 2015 season experiencing left hamstring issues that caused him to miss several games. [3], Puig played for the Cuban national baseball team in the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship, winning a bronze medal.
After the infection healed, he opted to play winter ball in Puerto Rico to keep his development on schedule.[15]. [25] In 26 games in June, Puig hit .436 with a .467 on-base percentage and a .713 slugging percentage.

[45], On June 13, 2017. Okay now we’re getting somewhere. [36], On July 25, 2014, Puig went 4-for-5 with a career-high four extra-base hits, tying the Dodgers' single-game record with three triples, matching Jimmy Sheckard.

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 22: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cleveland Indians looks out from the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Progressive Field on September 22, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. [9] León was called "one of the most important capos of the Cuban-American mafia" by the United Press International. [26], Despite his not making his debut until June, Puig received 842,915 write-in votes from the fans for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images). On June 2, 2013, the Dodgers announced that they had recalled Puig from Chattanooga, and he made his debut on June 3. His 52 combined homers and 177 combined RBIs were great but without much on-base ability and his streakiness, the end result was six and seven percent above league average with the bat and an average OPS of .777.

The cost of signing him is a loss of opportunities for Thomas and Williams mostly, who I think have a very good argument for being in AAA anyway. Puig had a very strong spring training with the Dodgers in 2013, hitting .526 in Cactus League games and having some in the press speculate that he might break camp with the Dodgers. Traditionalists may not like it, but the Cardinals are frankly a team that could use some more fire. It’s alright. That’s not quite the same power numbers, but with a more consistent batting average (.267) each year and the same on-base level, Puig and Ozuna have been remarkably similar.

Members of the St. Louis lineup who are a good bet to have a better than 111 wRC+ against right-handed pitching: Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter. In the two years with the Cardinals, Ozuna has batted cleanup in 273 of the 278 games he’s played in. Puig is the all-time leader in postseason appearances for the Dodgers with 58.[1][2].

Okay so the Cardinals don’t sign that. [23] He also became the first player in major league history to record at least 34 hits and seven home runs in his first 20 games and set Dodger records for most hits through 20 games (one more than Gibby Brack in 1937) and total bases through 20 games (58, four more than Del Bissonette in 1928).
As the Reds’ and Indians’ primary cleanup man in 2019, Puig hit 24 homers and drove in 84, just five fewer runs than Ozuna did with the Cardinals. I don’t know how super valuable his speed and defense is when the MLB roster already has Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list the next day.

His best catch was 50% catch probability. He is no JD Martinez. In nine games, he hit .400 with four homers and 11 RBI. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians. Puig was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, the elder of two children of Omar and Maritza Puig.

For other uses, see, National League Rookie of the Month Award, National League Player of the Month Award, 2014 Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series, Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, List of baseball players who defected from Cuba, Yasiel Puig Postseason Batting Game Logs | Baseball-Reference.com, "Cubs pursuing Cuban outfield prospect Puig", "Coast Guard crew reflects on time with Yasiel Puig during attempt to defect to U.S. – Yahoo! Puig, on the other hand, has batted in the cleanup spot just 103 games in the 274 he played in the past two seasons. On August 13, 2012, the Dodgers promoted Puig to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Class A-Advanced California League. That’s the list. Puig made an obscene gesture at Cleveland Indians fans at Progressive Field after hitting a home run. The Indians defeated the Phillies 10-1. I believe in him to a certain extent. Join the Redbird Rants team!

As the start of the Championship season creeps closer, free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig remains on the sidelines looking for a contract. I realize this is a weird way to start my case. In terms of outfielders on the open market who are theoretically upgrades to what the Cardinals already have, I’m disregarding Nick Castellanos.

[17] In his first career at-bat, he singled to left-center off Eric Stults of the San Diego Padres. [4][5] Puig also played for the Cuban national team in the 2011 World Port Tournament, where he tried to defect along with teammate Gerardo Concepción. He had an OOA of -24 in 2018 and -7 last year. And sure there’s reason to be skeptical.

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