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March 26, 2013

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 167: Yasiel Puig's Explosive Spring

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller



Ben and Sam discuss Yasiel Puig's spring hot streak, how perceptions of him have changed since his signing, and what the Dodgers will do with him now.

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maxjusttyped

"YOLO Puig." - Sam Miller

Mar 25, 2013 22:56 PM
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Dave Holgado

Great stuff, guys. Count me among the Puig believers. But just for sake of completeness, I thought I'd share these excerpts from a Keith Law chat on March 21:

>>>

"Thoughts on Puig joining the crowded Dodger OF?"

"The overrating of Puig based on a few weeks of spring training is one of this year's best non-story storylines."

>>>

"I know you are not that high on Puig. Other writers I have seen are comparing him to Bo Jackson and calling him a 5-tool impact player. What is it that you don't like about Puig?"

"A five-tool player would have above-average or, preferably, plus tools in all five categories: hit, power, speed, glove, arm. The term is insanely overused in the media, usually about as accurately as it was used in 'Trouble with the Curve.' Puig has plus power. He might end up a plus hitter, although he's not that right now; it's a pretty quiet setup and swing, which is a positive, but I don't think his plate discipline is ready yet. He's an average runner down the line, I haven't seen him play a good corner OF, and I've seen him go from having arm strength to bouncing a throw to the cutoff man. That's not a five-tool guy and it sure as hell ain't Bo Jackson. An optimistic forecast might have him a 30-homer guy in a few years with a high average but just moderate OBPs, while playing adequate defense in left. That's a good player, but not a superstar. Also: When you hear a player compared to Bo Jackson, just stop listening."

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Mar 26, 2013 08:19 AM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

Thanks, Dave. Appreciate the extra info

Mar 26, 2013 08:20 AM
 
gpurcell

"When you hear a player compared to Bo Jackson, just stop listening."

Great advice. Jackson was sui generis.

Mar 26, 2013 20:10 PM
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