PUIG BENCHED FOR “MENTAL MISTAKE”

Yasiel Puig was signed by the Dodgers out of Cuba for 7yrs/$42M last June and showed awesome talent in hiA ball, the Arizona Fall League and, famously, this year’s spring training. The Dodgers sent him to AA Chattanooga to start the season despite hitting .517 in the Cactus League and he has continued to rake in the Southern League at .467/.556/.733.

But on Wednesday night, Puig got just two ABs before manager Jody Reed pulled him from the game for what he called a “mental mistake.” Puig started in RF and went 0-for-2 before being removed in the fourth inning.

It is hard to say if this is a big problem as there are few details available at this time. While Puig’s flashy numbers may indicate that he is major-league ready, and an incident like this could indicate the Dodgers have concerns over his mental makeup, there was at least one report in March that his bat may need some improvement to succeed against major league pitching. Also, Ben Badler of Baseball America filed a report at the time of Puig’s signing that detailed the slugger’s history in Cuba which includes a suspension for disciplinary reasons. Nevertheless, with Carl Crawford off to a hot start in LF for the Dodgers, there really isn’t room for Puig in their outfield at this time. Time will tell what the Dodgers have on their hands in Puig.

 

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