Dodgers Rookies – Yasiel Puig, Scott Van Slyke and Hyun-Jin Ryu Are Electrifying Dodger Stadium In 2013
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Considering the money the Dodgers have spent to bring him to the United States ($42 million for 7 years), he has definitely not disappointed – and has even brought memories of a somewhat recent player that electrified Dodger Stadium in a very short amount of time. Of course, that player being Manny Ramirez.
In Puig’s debut, a game against the San Diego Padres, Puig went 2 for 4 but what really stole the show was a play he did in the track in right field when he threw Chris Denorfia out at first base…ending the game.
Yasiel Puig makes the play in right field to get the last out of the ballgame in his big league debut
Vin Scully calls Yasiel Puig’s first career grand slam
Perhaps if that didn’t impress you enough somehow, then how about his second game in which he hit his first career HR and hit another one for good measure. This became his first career multi-HR game. He ended up having 5 RBI in that game – and going 3 for 4.
On his 3rd game, Puig was very quiet though. He had his first 0-for night when he went 0 for 4 and being SO’d for the first time.
If you thought Puigmania was over because of that night then think again. The Dodgers began a four-game series against a red hot Atlanta Braves team on Thursday. Well, Puig got himself his first career grandslam as the Dodgers topped the Braves.
Puig stole the show from pitcher Zack Greinke as the Right Handed ace pitched 7 shut-out innings against the Hotlanta. The grand salami even left Vin Scully speechless.
What did Puig do for an encore? Oh, he just hit another HR. His fourth of the season and he has had only 19 AB’s. He was also intentional walked in that game. That’s right, the red hot Braves intentionally walked a rookie in just his 5th game.
Puig is hitting .421 with 4 HRs, 10 RBIs and has SO’d 3 times. Good enough for Dodgers fans to go crazy in the stands and the boys in blue are 4-1 since Puig was called up.
Another rookie that has electrified Dodger Stadium is Rookie of the Year candidate Left-Handed Korean phenom Hyun-jin Ryu. Ryu, the monster has excited Dodger fans by being one of the most consistent Dodger pitchers along with Clayton Kershaw.
Ryu is currently 6-2 with a 2.72 ERA. He is 5-1 at home. One of his best outings was in a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim when pitched a shut-out allowing only two hits and striking out 7. That game was at home.
Friday night was the first game the Ryu-Puig rookie combo were together and they ended up being the stars of the game. Ryu went 7.2 innings striking out six and giving up just one run. Puig hit his 4th homerun in an extra innings win for the Dodgers against the Braves.
Another Dodger rookie that deserves a notable mention is second generation player, Scott Van Slyke. In just 21 games Van Slyke has hit 6 HRs and 11 RBIs.
Van Slyke was in some big leagues games last year but only for 27 games. He hit only 2 HRs on those 27 games and batted .167. He is hitting .246 this year so far.
Of course being the son of former All-Star Andy Van Slyke, Scott is ready to build his own legacy in the majors and it’s looking good so far.
Rookie catcher Tim Federowicz is slowly trying to impress as he has seen limited playing time and has hit two HRs in 17 games but hitting only .195.
Young pitcher Matt Magill has struggled in short stint in the big leagues as he has posted an ugly 6.38 ERA and a 0-1 record in 5 starts.
The Dodgers still have a long way to catch up to be in first place but at least we can say that they are in the right position to get back in the division with the help of rookies who are ready to help the team and give them some much needed powerhouses.
The real questions will put skipper Don Mattingly and GM Ned Colleti in the hot seat about what to do with Andre Ethier who has been rumored to be a trading chip and even more now with Puig’s amazing arrival.
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Today’s feature was prepared by our Dodgers Correspondent Enrique Rivera. Enrique was born in Los Angeles and raised in Compton, CA. He has been a Dodger fan since he was introduced to the greatest sport of all time.
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Posted on June 9, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @eriqwiththeq on twitter, andre ethier, andy van slyke, Atlanta Braves, bryce harper, carl crawford, chris denorfia, clayton kershaw, don mattingly, Hyun-Jin Ryu, los angeles angels of anaheim, los angeles dodgers, manny ramirez, matt kemp, Matt Magill, san diego padres, scott van slyke, Tim Federowicz, vic scully, yasiel puig, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.