While he’s only been in the big leagues since the beginning of June, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has quickly turned himself into one of the best young players in all of baseball.
With his power, speed and defensive abilities, Puig has been one of the most highly criticized players in recent memory, but continues to show off his skills on a consistent basis. With three hits last night, Puig has 100 on the season and according to ESPN Stats and Info, he’s second quickest to reach that mark amongst active players:
Yasiel Puig reached 100 career hits in his 285th at-bat. Only Ichiro (282 AB) reached 100 hits quicker among active players (h/t Elias)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 28, 2013
So far this season, Puig is hitting .347 with 13 home runs and 30 RBIs as he’s shifted from the top of the order to the middle of the Dodgers lineup during various points in the season.
In 71 games started this season, Puig has 31 multi-hit games and has been a huge reason why the Dodgers are 8.5 games ahead in the NL West. Even with the criticism surrounding him, Puig continues to play at a high level and if he continues to hit, he should be the NL Rookie of the Year at seasons end.
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