We’re just two games into the 2016 season, but you can already see the glimmers of hope from the bat and legs of Yasiel Puig, The contentious right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers is off to a blazing start as he’s gone 3-for-6 at the plate in the first two contests. But it goes just slightly beyond that.
Each one of the balls that Puig has put into play, of which there have been five of, has had a recorded batted ball speed of at least 100 miles per hour. In other words, he is scorching the baseball. Whether it’s a grounder or line drive, he’s hammering the baseball like a madman, and it’s special already.
It has only been two games, but Puig has looked like the player who burst upon the scene in 2013. On Tuesday he became just the second player in Los Angeles Dodgers history to collect a triple in each of the team’s first two games, using his three-base hit to power a three-run inning in the Dodgers 3-0 victory.
As noted, Puig has triples in back-to-back games, and by doing so he became the second Dodgers player to ever do it in the team’s first two games. He’s off to a special start. He’s seeing the ball well, not overly swinging out of his shoes, and is learning to take more pitches in an effort to walk.
There will be bumps in the road. There has to be. After all, no one is going to OPS 1.833 over a full season, so try to temper the expectations just a little bit. However, the way he’s swinging the bat, the power he’s already hitting the ball with, and the way he’s working counts has to make people very happy.