Yasiel Puig, at the ripe old age of 23 is finally maturing. Well, at least that’s what Don Matingly is saying. There’s no sign of a sophomore slump right now for Yasiel Puig. He is on a 14-game hitting streak and is currently the team’s walk and RBI leader.
This has Mattingly amazed at the way Puig has been maturing at the plate and on the field. He told JP Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, that Puig, “seems to be growing up before our eyes.” Puig had a bit of a slow start to the season, but has been able to turn it around and remain patient at the plate, lowering his strikeout rate and leading the team with a batting average of .324. And, pitchers don’t seem to have him figured out anymore, either.
According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, Dan Haren commented on the way Puig has been approaching his at-bats:
“He gets pounded in quite a bit, but from my experience as a pitcher, it’s very hard to throw strikes inside. So, when you see it in like that and he’s been taking it lately, then he’s going to get into a better count and either make the pitcher come in to him or walk him, and he’s been taking his walks. If he’s going to take his walks, he’s going to get better pitches to hit and he’s going to get on base more, score more and do everything more.”
Puig’s new agent, Adam Katz, has even commented about Puig’s maturity this season. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Katz stated:
“He’s been terrific — responsive, reasonable and respectful. Yasiel is a guy who has a desire to be an All-Star. He started figuring it out. He’s a Dodger, and he wants to do right by his teammates.”
It seems like Puig’s crazy antics on and off of the field are of the past. He has really grown this season and hasn’t let his critics or negative media get to him. And, as for his infamous bat flips…Well, Puig even has Giant’s starter, Tim Hudson coming to his defense. Comcast SportsNet’s Andrew Baggarly, tweeted Hudson’s opinion:
“He hit the piss out of it, so I probably would’ve flipped it too.”
If only all pitchers reacted the same way. That’s it for this week’s Dodgers Update.
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