Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is getting all the attention for good and for bad as he’s helped the Dodgers ascend to the top of the NL West.
Puig is hitting .346 with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs in just 70 games at the big league level while he’s being talked about as the NL Rookie of the Year. However, according to Dan Patrick, he doesn’t think that Puig is the Rookie of the Year, let alone the best Cuban player in baseball:
I don’t think he’s the best Cuban-born player in the National League right now. I’ll tell you who is. He plays for the Marlins, say hello to Jose Fernandez. He’s got nine wins, his ERA is 2.41 and you haven’t heard a peep because he plays for a bad team in a bad baseball market. He’s been a better player this year than Yasiel Puig and Puig has been great. If you’re looking at ROY, that’d be a big upset if Jose Fernandez ended up winning.
The Dodgers got a first-hand look at Fernandez during the four-game series with the Marlins and he didn’t disappoint. Fernandez tossed six innings, allowing just one run and struck out six, including Puig who struck out once and went 0-3 against his fellow countryman.
Patrick does make a good point that the market does play a role in notoriety, but Puig has helped the Dodgers turn their season around, from 30-42 to 75-52.
The NL Rookie of the Year race will likely come down to the two of them and like Patrick said, it’d be a shock if Puig loses out to Fernandez.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out about Yasiel Puig getting fined during the Dodgers trip to Miami.