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June 15, 2013

Puig-a-mania running wild

Oftentimes with prospects, the hype makes it so a player can’t possibly live up to the billing that precedes him.

Thus far, Yasiel Puig has actually made the hype look pale in comparison.

Puig has been so red hot since his callup that he’s beginning to take on a mythical-type reputation. Take one website, which claimed earlier this week that when Puig was hit in the face with a pitch during Tuesday’s wild game with the Diamondbacks, the ball actually went to the hospital.

Of course that was said in jest, but Puig actually stayed in the game after getting plunked in the face — well, at least until he was later ejected during a brawl which at one point resembled the WWE’s Royal Rumble when a Dodgers player attempted to dump an Arizona coach into the photographer’s well.

Anyways, back to Puig. The Cuban defector is slugging a ridiculous .886 through 10 games. He has 4 home runs, 10 RBI, a .486 batting average and an OBP of .514 in 35 at-bats That’s a very small sample size, but not one small enough to temper excitement surrounding the volatile outfielder.

All of which is to say that now is the time to sell if you picked him up when he joined the Dodgers.

He will never have as high a value as he does right now — and I mean that literally. There’s no way he can keep up even remotely similar numbers, so there’s really nowhere to go but down. And as displayed by his joining the ranks of Dodgers’ injured during a beanbrawl, Puig still is not fully developed emotionally. It’s the reason why he did not start the season with the Dodgers despite a torrid spring.

Puig is day-to-day with a strained shoulder, but that should do little to dampen the enthusiasm for the youngster. Despite the temptation to ride the wave, it’s better to sell high and get off the bandwagon earlier rather than be the last one on when the league makes its adjustments and Puig hits the wall.

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