For Yasiel Puig this season has not been the easiest. Between benching, to demotions and back to the starting lineup, Puig has made a conscious effort to be the player the Los Angeles Dodgers want him to be.
Following a 9-3 win over the San Francisco Giants many of those closest to Puig took the time to acknowledge how he has performed as of late.
Teammate Justin Turner said, “That’s the guy we all know he can be. He has the potential to be a game-changer. He’s an exciting player on both sides of the ball.”
There have been plenty of exciting moments for Puig this season. For instance, the perfect game saving diving catch in Miami.
When asked about his play Puig simply said, “When we get the opportunity, we have to be ready to play.”
Nicknamed “The Wild Horse” by the legendary Vin Scully, Puig has definitely lived up to the title. Maybe a little too much resulting in a demotion to Triple-A in August.
— Oklahoma City News (@NewsInOklahoma) August 3, 2016
In the 19 games Puig played for Oklahoma City, he hit .348 with four home runs and 12 RBI. His performance left people asking the question when was he going to return to the Show?
If you demoted Yasiel Puig to AAA Oklahoma City to teach him a lesson and he has behaved as well as hit 0.348, shoul…https://t.co/f2p95cO4NE
— Douglas Atkins (@uvachief) September 1, 2016
Since returning to the Dodgers, Puig has hit four home runs and nine RBI in only 14 games.
His manager Dave Roberts weighed in on his right fielder.
“[Puig], defensively, what he can do with the bat, he’s a game changer,” he said.
Game-changer is what the Dodgers are expecting Puig to be especially with the postseason just around the corner.
Puig is already in a crowded outfield and will look to make an impact in any way possible.
At the time Roberts made the decision many questioned whether or not Puig would ever play in Dodgers’ uniform again. His time in Oklahoma City not only woke his bat up but did wonders for his mindset.
Who would’ve thought a demotion to OKC would have been exactly what the doctor ordered for Puig. With the way he has played since being called back up to the majors, the Dodgers may have finally gotten through to Puig.