Maybe Yasiel Puig Doesn’t Walk Because He’s Unaware of What a Walk Is

March 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Yasiel Puig | Leave a comment

yasiel_puig_firstbase_springESPN’s Jim Bowden listed Yasiel Puig as one of “six players who wowed” him this spring. But Bowden may have stumbled upon something wonderful:

However, I also saw the “raw” player. His secondary leads more resembled those of a high school player, and there were a couple of instances where he was on first base when a batter drew a walk and he didn’t seem to know what to do.

So that’s why Puig didn’t draw a single walk in 59 plate appearances this spring. No one ever told him what one was! Come on, coaching staff.

Dodgers
Mariners
2B
Amezaga
CF
Gutierrez
RF
Herrera
RF
Saunders
3B
Hairston
1B
Morales
1B
Van Slyke
DH
Morse
C
Federowicz
C
Montero
CF
Buss
LF
Bay
RF
Castellanos
2B
Ackley
SS
Sellers
C
Andino
P
Kershaw
3B
Miller

The Dodgers finish off their Cactus League schedule this afternoon by visiting the Mariners, and I use the term “Dodgers” loosely here. Check out that lineup, won’t you? It’s like the dark days of last June all over again, right down to Scott Van Slyke hitting cleanup. I have no idea how Jerry Hairston managed to get himself stuck in that lineup; all I can figure is that he hadn’t spent that much time at third base this spring and wanted every opportunity he could get in the wake of Hanley Ramirez‘ injury.

The new name you see there in center field is Nick Buss, an 8th round pick out of USC in 2008 who turned 26 in December. In 132 games for the Double-A Lookouts last year, he hit .272/.328/.411 with 8 homers. Brandon Lennox ranked him #88 in the organization earlier this month at TrueBlueLA, and with Puig and Joc Pederson set to join the Chattanooga outfield, Buss’ opportunities may be limited.

It’s almost too bad that the Dodgers haven’t sent out a better lineup, because Clayton Kershaw vs Felix Hernandez would otherwise be a fantastic matchup.On the other hand, the game won’t be televised, so we won’t miss much.

That’s actually the last time we’ll have to worry about whether the Dodgers are on television for quite some time. While tomorrow’s exhibition in Rancho Cucamonga (with Chris Reed on the mound for the Quakes) won’t be on the air, each of the remaining “regular” spring games against the Angels will, and then of course the season starts on Monday.

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