Earlier this spring, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked about how unwise it is to be seduced by Cactus League statistics or read too much into spring performances.
So it wasn't surprising that he wouldn't be drawn into the danger zone Sunday when a reporter jokingly asked where 22-year-old Cuban phenom Yasiel Puig would bat in the Dodgers' opening day lineup. Puig hit his first home run of the spring Sunday, a three-run laser over the left field wall

"Don't even get started," Mattingly said with a laugh. "I knew this was coming.
"It's just fun watching him play with that energy. Anything is possible, but I'm not going to go into hypotheticals."
The likelihood is that the 22-year-old Puig will play his way onto the Dodgers' Double-A roster – not their season-opening lineup – by April 1. But Dodgers GM Ned Colletti acknowledged that Puig has indeed been exciting to watch while batting .421 (8 for 19) with three doubles, that home run and five RBI in his first major-league camp. The early-spring performance has made it obvious why the Dodgers gave Puig a seven-year, $42 million contract last summer after he defected from Cuba. But Colletti cautioned that the young outfielder will face a much tougher test this spring when pitchers start to gear up for the season.
"Whatever happened from the time we signed him until now, it was going to be most interesting to see what he's looked like here," said Colletti of Puig, who saw limited action in rookie league, Class-A and winter ball since signing with the Dodgers last summer. "You've gotta like how he plays. He plays all out, all the time. He has a plus-arm, plus-speed, plus-power and he's showing a pretty good approach at the plate right now.
"As the spring goes on and he starts to face pitchers who are going to make their big-league pitching staffs, veterans that are going to get more refined and are looking to do more than just build up arm strength, that will be another chapter to see."
It's not only Puig's swing that has been short and sweet this spring. Asked if he felt he was accomplishing what he hoped to in his first major-league spring camp, Puig had a one-word answer.