Since making his Major-League debut in June of 2013, Yasiel Puig’s style of play has drawn plenty of criticism. From bat flips to poor throws, ill-advised baserunning, and more, it’s not uncommon for Puig to leave fans or pundits scratching their heads.
In particular, Puig’s reluctance to hit the cutoff man had traditionalists admonishing his outfield acumen. To his credit, the young and exuberant 24 year old improved on that facet of his game last season.
During the early stages of the season, it was evident Puig had more of an understanding of the game and willingness to get the ball back into a relay man, rather than always attempting to make the spectacular play. Of course, there were still instances when Puig left jaws open with on-the-money throws to nail a runner a third base and home plate.
Essentially proving he’s well aware of the criticism he’s received, Puig had some fun with the practice of hitting a cutoff man. In a video Puig posted on his Instagram account, he’s seen playing baseball with a group of kids and was sure to point out a runner scored because of his attempt to act as a cutoff man: