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66 Yasiel Puig RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/235 | Birthdate: 12/7/1990 | Birthplace: Palmira, Cienfuegos, Cuba | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 100/94 | Average Draft Position: 30.47
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Dodgers' McGwire: Yasiel Puig 'an MVP candidate from day one'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire believes outfielder Yasiel Puig is "an MVP candidate from day one," the Los Angeles Times reports.

McGwire also added that consistency is the only obstacle for Puig to win multiple MVP awards.

"If we can put a full season together and if that lull toward the end of the season is not there — he has a big September, big playoffs — there's no question he's going to have several MVPs," McGwire said.

The outfielder faded a bit in the final two months of the 2014 season, entering August with a .319/.406/.552 line.

"He's had such great first halves, first three-quarters of the season, and things have tailed off toward the end of the season," McGwire added. "We have to work on something like that."

McGwire expressed uncertainty about where Puig would hit in the lineup, saying, "I like him at the top of the lineup to set the tone, and I like him in a RBI situation."

Puig completed his first full major-league season last year after making his big-league debut in June of the previous season. He hit .296/.382/.480 with 16 home runs, 69 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 558 at-bats in 2014.


Report: Dodgers' Puig could start in center if Pederson falters


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) It's "pretty clear" the Dodgers would like outfield prospect Joc Pederson to win the everyday center fielder job in 2015, the Los Angeles Times reports, adding that the backup plan if Pederson falters could be rolling with Yasiel Puig in center.

"I don’t expect anything to be handed to me," Pederson said last weekend during the team's fan fest. "It never has been in the past. I still have to grow as a baseball player."

Carl Crawford is expected to be locked in at left field regardless of the performance of Pederson, who would start in center with Puig in right if the prospect wins a spot on the 25-man roster in spring training. If the team decides Pederson needs more minor-league seasoning, Puig could be shifted to center field, with Andre Ethier moving into the starting lineup and playing right field.


Yasiel Puig: Cardinals, not Giants, are Dodgers' top rival


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) In Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's two seasons in the majors, he has had to endure two postseason exits at the hands of the Cardinals. St. Louis beat Los Angeles in the NLCS (4-2) in 2013, and beat them in the NLDS (3-1) in 2014.

"I dream about them every day," Puig told Los Angeles reporters at a benefit luncheon last week, per FOX Sports Midwest. "If we can beat them, we can win the World Series. We have to pass through them. They're our principal rivals, not San Francisco, not anyone else."

Puig hasn't had great personal success against St. Louis in the postseason either. In 34 postseason at-bats against the Cardinals, he is batting .235 with 18 strikeouts.

"We can't let them beat us three straight times," Puig said. "No way. They're a good team and we all admire them. They have very good pitchers, very good players. If we beat them, we can win the World Series. We just have to get through them."


Florida businessman pleads guilty in smuggling case for Yasiel Puig


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Gilberto Suarez, a South Florida businessman who is accused of helping finance the smuggling of Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, has changed his plea from not guilty to guilty, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola set a Tuesday plea change hearing for Suarez. If charged, it carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence for Suarez. 

He is alleged to be one of the financers who helped smuggle Puig from Cuba to Mexico in 2012 and was suppose to receive a cut of the seven-year, $42 million contract Puig signed. 

Puig hit .296 with 16 homeruns and 69 RBI in 2014. 


Dodgers' Yasiel Puig scores three times Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig scored three times Friday against the Cardinals.

Puig managed to reach base in his first three plate appearances. He singled twice and was hit by a pitch. Puig would also walk in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 4, with three runs scored and one RBI. Puig had a chance to tie the game late, but struck out against Trevor Rosenthal to end the game. 


Yasiel Puig swats 16th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig went 1 for 4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in his team's 9-1 division-clinching win over the Giants Wednesday.

Puig delivered a solo home run in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and open the floodgates on the Dodgers offense, with the team adding three more runs in the sixth and another four runs in the eighth, the last of which came on a bases-loaded walk to Puig. He has hit .296/.384/.484 with 16 home runs, 68 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 550 at-bats.


Yasiel Puig back from stomach problems


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/7/2014) Yasiel Puig was in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. He missed Saturday's game due to stomach issues.

Yasiel Puig out Saturday with stomach issues


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is not in Saturday's lineup due to stomach issues, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Puig will get an IV to help battle his illness. He has hit .295/.382/.481 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI and eight stolen bases in 482 at-bats.


Yasiel Puig fine for Monday against Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) A back issue that cost Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig a start Sunday did not do the same Monday. He is set to start in Atlanta.

Puig has just three hits in his last 24 at-bats.


Yasiel Puig sits due to back soreness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he had planned to give outfielder Yasiel Puig a day off because Puig has "looked tired" recently, according to The Orange County Register. The opportunity finally arrived Sunday after Puig complained of a sore back.

Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez back in Dodgers lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (knee) and outfielder Yasiel Puig (hamstring) returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Cubs. Each player missed just one start.

Yasiel Puig a no-go Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was held out of the starting lineup Saturday night against the Cubs because of a mild left hamstring issue. Puig left Friday's game with the injury and remains day to day moving forward. He is hitting .319/.405/.551 slash line with 13 homers and 55 RBI in 376 at-bats. 

Yasiel Puig exits game with mild hamstring injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was forced out of Friday's game at home against the Cubs because of a mild left hamstring, according to Los Angeles Times.

Puig may have sustained the injury while making a slide at the plate in the sixth inning. He was replaced by Andre Ethier in the seventh. He finished 1 for 3 with a run scored in an 8-2 defeat. He owns a .319/.405/.551 slash line with 13 homers and 55 RBI in 376 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game against Chicago.


Yasiel Puig nearly entire offense for Dodgers in Thursday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Brilliant left-hander Clayton Kershaw did not beat the Braves all by himself Thursday night. He needed help from Yasiel Puig - and he got it.

Puig played the role of offensive hero with a solo home run in the third inning, as well as a double and run. That proved to be all Kershaw required. Puig has been on a tear recently with 12 hits in his last 26 at-bats and eight runs in his last six games.


Yasiel Puig remains on roll in defeat of Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig fell a home run short of a cycle Tuesday night in leading a 15-hit attack that overwhelmed Atlanta.

Puig tripled, doubled, singled twice and scored twice in the win. His four-hit performance was his second in the last four games. His .317 batting average and .544 slugging percentage are at their highest points in about six weeks.


Yasiel Puig could remain in center field regularly


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig could become a regular starter in center field, MLB.com reports, allowing Matt Kemp to play right field with Carl Crawford in left field.

"I think it's the best combination for the guys we have now," manager Don Mattingly said Saturday. "There's a little more stability in center instead of a platoon if this works out. Andre [Ethier] can play center, right and left. Carl's in left and Scott [Van Slyke] can play the corners or give Adrian [Gonzalez] a day at first. It's kind of the best right now."

Puig made his first start of the season in center field Friday after playing a few innings at the position Wednesday, and he was back in center Saturday. He has hit .315/.402/.543 with 12 home runs, 54 RBI and seven stolen bases in 352 at-bats.


Yasiel Puig rips out three triples in win over Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig came up with a historical performance at the plate in his first game back from injury against the Giants in San Francisco.

Puig tripled in the first, doubled in the third, tripled in a run in the fifth and tripled again in the sixth. He finished 4 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI in an 8-1 victory.

Puig’s three triples are the most by a Dodger since Jimmy Sheckard in 1901 for Brooklyn. He also became the first player in team history to record at least two triples and a double in a game since Sandy Amoros in 1956. His 11 total bases were the most by any Dodger without ever hitting a home run.

Puig owns a .315/.402/.543 slash line with 12 homers and 54 RBI in 352 at-bats this season.


Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez back in starting lineup Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez were both back in the starting lineup Friday night against the Giants in San Francisco. Both players suffered hand injuries over the weekend in St. Louis. Puig missed four games, while Ramirez missed three. 


Yasiel Puig may return Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig took extra batting practice Wednesday and may be ready to return to the starting lineup Friday, MLB.com reports.

Puig has been sidelined for four starts while recovering from getting hit on the hand by a pitch. He is expected to be available to pinch-hit Wednesday or possibly be used in a double-switch.


Dodgers without Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez were both held out of the starting lineup again Wednesday against the Pirates due to hand injuries. Puig was sidelined a fourth straight game, while Ramirez missed a third straight game.

Puig will take batting practice Wednesday and might be available off the bench.


Dodgers considering change to outfield alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Matt Kemp has looked comfortable playing in right field that he's thinking about moving Yasiel Puig to center field. Puig was sidelined a third straight game Tuesday due to a hand injury.

Dodgers still without Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez were once again absent from the starting lineup Tuesday at Pittsburgh due to hand injuries. Puig was sidelined a third straight game, while Ramirez was out for a second straight day.

X-rays come back clean for Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez both underwent X-rays on their left hands, which came back negative on Monday, according to the Orange County Register.

Both players suffered hand injuries over the weekend. Puig missed a second straight start and is available as a pinch hitter against Pittsburgh, while Ramirez missed his first start after getting hurt Sunday. Ramirez will be unavailable Monday.

Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez to have secondary X-rays Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters that outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez will both have secondary X-rays "at some point" today, the Orange County Register reports.

Both players suffered hand injuries over the weekend. Puig missed a second straight start and is available as a pinch hitter, while Ramirez missed his first start after getting hurt Sunday. Ramirez will be unavailable Monday.

Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig held out of lineup Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez were both held out of the starting lineup Monday at Pittsburgh due to hand injuries suffered over the weekend. Puig missed a second straight start, while Ramirez missed his first start after getting hurt Sunday.