The bat was OK, and promises to do more. But the arm. Oh, the arm is already ready for a closeup.
Yasiel Puig made his much-anticipated major league debut Monday night a memorable one by using his powerful and accurate right arm to complete a game-ending double play, catching the San Diego Padres off guard in a 2-1 victory at Dodger Stadium.
"That's one happy Cuban," Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully said.
Puig, a 22-year-old defector from from Cuba whom the Dodgers signed in 2012, has drawn comparisons to Bo Jackson for his athleticism, but a fairer association might be Vladimir Guerrero, a free-swinger from the Dominican Republic who also, of course, had a big arm. The Dodgers had said they wanted Puig to grow in the minors, and he was flourishing at Class AA Chattanooga — aside from a couple of incidents that showed a lack of maturity.
But after injuries to Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford left them depleted, the Dodgers acted.
Puig also finished with a pair of hits, though his results at the plate were nothing like the impressive show he put on during spring training and the minors. His defense, conversely, is big-league ready.Read More »from Yasiel Puig makes ridiculous throw for game-ending double play in major league debut