Yasiel Puig, Right Field, Los Angeles Dodgers, #66


Date of Birth: 12/7/1990
Birthplace: Palmira, Cuba
Current Salary: $8,214,000
Nickname: Wild Horse

Yasiel Puig, a right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, played in Cuba before he defected to the United States in 2012. After arriving in the US, he signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers in June, 2012.

In 2013, Puig caught the attention of baseball fans with his aggressive and energetic playing. In 104 games with the Dodgers, he batted .319 with 122 hits, 21 doubles, and 19 home runs. As a right fielder, he made 148 putouts and 4 errors with a .975 fielding percentage in 93 games.

Puig continued to impress fans in 2014, finishing the season with 165 hits, 37 doubles, 16 home runs, 69 RBIs, 124 strikeouts to 67 walks, and a .296 batting average. Defensively, he made 254 putouts and just 3 errors in 53 games in center field and 91 games in right field. In the postseason, he had 3 hits, 1 triple, and 1 RBI in 12 at-bats in 4 games.

Puig spent time on the DL in 2015 with hamstring issues. He finished the season with 72 hits, 12 doubles, 11 home runs, 38 RBIs, and a .255 batting average in 79 games. As a right fielder, he made 132 putouts and 1 error in 78 games. He had no hits and 3 strikeouts in 6 at-bats in 3 postseason games.

Puig batted .263 in 104 games with the Dodgers in 2016. He finished the season with 88 hits, 14 doubles, 11 home runs, and 45 RBIs. Defensively, as the Dodgers' right fielder in 90 games, he made 160 putouts and 3 errors. In the postseason, he batted .211 with 4 hits in 19 at-bats in 10 games.

Career batting statistics for Puig through 2016 include:

  • 435 games played
  • 447 hits
  • 84 doubles
  • 194 RBIs
  • 361 strikeouts to 153 walks
  • .287 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Puig as a right fielder through 2016 include:

  • 352 games played
  • 590 putouts
  • 9 errors
  • .986 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Yasiel Puig
ESPN - Yasiel Puig