One of the first things noteworthy about Yasiel Puig when seeing him up close is his size. The Dodgers list the 22-year-old Cuban outfielder as 6'3, 215 pounds, but in proximity looks more like an NFL linebacker. The other thing that is evident is his raw talent. But despite their $42 million investment in him, don't look for the Dodgers to rush him to the majors anytime soon.
With Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford both coming back from surgery, and both expected to miss at least the first week of spring training games, there will be ample opportunity for Puig to showcase his skills during Cactus League games. But there is almost zero chance if him making the opening day roster, even if Kemp and/or Crawford aren't quite ready for opening day.
Mattingly did say if Crawford wasn't available for opening day, he would likely use a platoon of Jerry Hairston Jr. and Skip Schumaker in left field.
Dodgers: Tempered optimism for Yasiel Puig
True Blue L.A. | Feb 18