Yasiel Puig's Hot Start
Here's a closer look at 22 year old Yasiel Puig's first 13 games as a Pro. The Cuban Outfielder has been stellar this season in the field and at the plate. Puig is currently one of the most dangerous hitters in the National League after playing in just 13 games. I knew he was going to be good, but not this good - and not this soon.
Line Drive Rate - 24.3%
Fly Ball Rate - 24.3%
Ground Ball Rate - 51.4%
HR/FB Rate - 44.4%
Contact Rate (On All Swings) - 81.6%
Fastball (Average MPH) - 61.1% (91.9 MPH)
Curveball (Average MPH) - 11.1% (76.9 MPH)
Slider (Average MPH) - 8.3% (83 MPH)
Cutter (Average MPH) - 5.6% (89.4 MPH)
Changeup (Average MPH) - 11.8% (81.3 MPH)
To get a better idea of just how hot Puig's start has been take a look at his numbers compared to a handful of other notable players through the first 13 games of their careers:
It's looking like Yasiel Puig is the front runner to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award; however, other players like Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Julio Teheran, Jim Henderson, Jedd Gyorko, Matt Adams, Oscar Taveras and Zack Wheeler (among others) still have over half a season to prove me wrong.
Let's not forget the potential playing time issue once Carl Crawford and Matt kemp return to the Dodger's lineup.