Yasiel Puig's breakout season

Puigmania has, as expected, cooled off a bit in recent weeks. The rest of his rookie season wasn't going to be like that historic first month. It just wasn't. We all knew that.




That doesn't mean the 22-year-old Cuban phenom's first year in MLB is now anything short of remarkable. He's still a must-watch player. He's still hitting .373/.427/.594 (with 11 homers). Certainly the infusion of energy he gave then then-last place, now-first place Dodgers is immeasurable.

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Yahoo! Sports photo illustration of Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.
yasiel puig. Yahoo! Sports photo illustration.
Yahoo! Sports photo illustration of Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 31: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo attend a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees on July 31, 2013 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Caifornia. (Photo by Jon Soohoo/Los Angeles Dodgers via Getty Images)
Celebrities At Los Angeles Dodgers Game - July 31, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 31: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo attend a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees on July 31, 2013 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Caifornia. (Photo by Jon Soohoo/Los Angeles Dodgers via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Skip Schumaker #3, Yasiel Puig #66 and Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers react after defeating the San Francisco Giants 3-1 in their MLB game at Dodger Stadium on June 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Skip Schumaker #3, Yasiel Puig #66 and Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers react after defeating the San Francisco Giants 3-1 in their MLB game at Dodger Stadium on June 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig is picked off first base in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres in a baseball game in San Diego, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Gonzalez, Ramirez lift Dodgers over Padres 3-1
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig is picked off first base in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres in a baseball game in San Diego, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
kLOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is restrained by teammates during a benches clearing brawl after Zack Greinke was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Puig had been hit earlier in the game. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
kLOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is restrained by teammates during a benches clearing brawl after Zack Greinke was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Puig had been hit earlier in the game. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
kLOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is restrained by teammates during a benches clearing brawl after Zack Greinke was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Puig had been hit earlier in the game. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, right, hits a solo home run as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, catches and home pate umpire Lance Barksdale watches during the first inning of their baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Puig leads Dodgers to 3-1 win over Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, right, hits a solo home run as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, catches and home pate umpire Lance Barksdale watches during the first inning of their baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, points to the sky after hitting a solo home run as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey kneels during the first inning of their baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Puig leads Dodgers to 3-1 win over Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, points to the sky after hitting a solo home run as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey kneels during the first inning of their baseball game, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes the catch on a line drive to left field hit by Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants (not in photo) in the sixth inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on June 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 6-5. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes the catch on a line drive to left field hit by Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants (not in photo) in the sixth inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on June 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 6-5. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, hugs center fielder Matt Kemp after Kemp made a catch on a ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Marco Scutaro to end their baseball game, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers beat the Giants 6-5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kemp returns, saves Dodgers in 6-5 win over Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, hugs center fielder Matt Kemp after Kemp made a catch on a ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Marco Scutaro to end their baseball game, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers beat the Giants 6-5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, and Ryu Hyun-Jin, of South Korea, gesture toward a camera during batting practice prior to the Dodgers' baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kemp returns, saves Dodgers in 6-5 win over Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, and Ryu Hyun-Jin, of South Korea, gesture toward a camera during batting practice prior to the Dodgers' baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 08: Right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to get baserunner Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves at third base in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 08: Right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to get baserunner Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves at third base in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig hits a grand slam home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves during a baseball game Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won the game 5-0. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Dodgers beat Braves 5-0 on Puig's grand slam
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig hits a grand slam home run in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves during a baseball game Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won the game 5-0. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he scores on his two run home run in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. It was Puig's second home run of the game. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he scores on his two run home run in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. It was Puig's second home run of the game. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run in the fifth inning to tie the score with the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run in the fifth inning to tie the score with the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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