When Yasiel Puig was called up from the Minor League last season, the Los Angeles Dodgers were dealing with a rash of injuries and had a sub .500 record. Along with Hanley Ramirez, Puig helped spark the Dodgers’ turnaround and powered the team into the postseason.

Though committing some mistakes along the way, Puig defied baseball logic and finished 2013 with a .319 batting average, 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. While some were predicting a decline in production this season, Puig has picked up where he left off. Through 35 games played, Puig is hitting .318 with seven homers and 29 RBIs.

Along with maintaing his level of production, Puig has shown improved discipline at the plate, which drew compliments from his manager. Don Mattingly said his outfielder is less emotional when he’s batting with men in scoring position. Should Puig continue on the trajectory he’s on, he’ll prove last season wasn’t simply a flash in the pan.

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About The Author

Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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