In the offseason, Los Angeles, among a handful of other teams, was able to watch a 22 year old Cuban outfielder take one round of batting practice. There was no legitimate film on him, no competition to compare to, and no guarantee that this outfielder could even compete at the major league level.
The Dodgers came out of that batting practice with a seven-year, $42 million contract ready to go. Fast forward to June.
Decimated by injury, it was finally time to unleash Puig onto the world. Through just 20 games played, Puig has put up numbers that have never been seen in the MLB history. The 6-foot-3, 245 lb. monster with leadoff speed has racked up seven home runs, 14 RBIs and 14 runs.
Oh, and his batting average is .442.
The numbers are there, but is the sample size large enough to warrant Puig a spot in the All-Star Game at Citi Field?
Fortunately, we do have an apt comparison for highly unusual question. Last season, Washington's phenom, Bryce Harper, was elected to the NL All-Star Game after just 150 at bats. Puig currently has half of that, but the argument is the same: young, electric talent vs. veterans who have put in the time, and earned their spot.
At the time, Harper was placed on the team while hitting .287, with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs. With nearly 50 fewer at bats, Puig has a chance to eclipse those numbers . Raw talent would be an understatement. What we're seeing in Puig is a new player completely dominating his competition.
Puig is such a fresh face in-fact, that the MLB doesn't even have him on their All-Star ballot. Fans have been writing him in to make a late push, a process that had previously only been used for independents on Election Day.
On July 6th, All-Star starters will be announced, and the leagues' respective coaches will choose their reserves, which is likely how Puig would find his way into the game.
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