Yasiel Puig
Yasiel Puig
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Puig may never realize the potential teased when he burst onto the scene in 2013, but if the past two seasons are an indication, his skills have stabilized to the point where we can bank on him being a plus contributor, especially in power. From a skills perspective, 2018 mirrored 2017, albeit with 126 fewer PA. Puig missed almost two weeks early with an ankle contusion, then nearly three weeks midseason with an oblique strain. His historical reverse splits were more extreme than normal (.921 vs. RHP, .628 vs. LHP). He hasn't actually accrued ample plate appearances to own the splits, but it certainly appears safe to say he hits RHP better than LHP. Following an offseason trade to Cincinnati, Puig has been reunited with hitting coach Turner Ward and now has a clear path to a true everyday role in 2019, but he should realistically be drafted for his floor as opposed to the perceived "sky is the limit" ceiling he had when he first came over from Cuba. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $9.7 million contract with the Reds in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Heads to bench
OFCincinnati Reds
April 18, 2019
Puig is not in the lineup Thursday against the Padres.
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Puig started the previous six games for the Reds, during which he slashed .240/.240/.560 with a pair of homers and a pair of stolen bases. He'll hit the bench for Thursday's series opener as the Reds deploy an outfield of Matt Kemp, Scott Schebler and Jesse Winker (from left to right).
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
10
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+42%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+75%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+47%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+54%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .620 310 30 7 28 12 .200 .290 .330
Since 2017vs Right .881 770 106 46 118 20 .281 .344 .537
2019vs Left .795 12 2 1 3 0 .273 .250 .545
2019vs Right .454 54 2 1 6 2 .154 .185 .269
2018vs Left .628 153 16 4 15 7 .209 .268 .360
2018vs Right .921 291 44 19 48 8 .297 .357 .564
2017vs Left .592 145 12 2 10 5 .183 .317 .275
2017vs Right .909 425 60 26 64 10 .288 .355 .554
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+78%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .755 519 60 21 73 12 .244 .314 .441
Since 2017Away .856 561 76 32 73 20 .272 .342 .514
2019Home .672 31 1 1 5 1 .207 .258 .414
2019Away .378 35 3 1 4 1 .147 .143 .235
2018Home .686 227 25 6 28 6 .243 .295 .390
2018Away .965 217 35 17 35 9 .292 .359 .605
2017Home .828 261 34 14 40 5 .250 .337 .491
2017Away .836 309 38 14 34 10 .273 .353 .483
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How does Yasiel Puig compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.12
 
BB Rate
3.0%
 
K Rate
25.8%
 
BABIP
.200
 
ISO
.143
 
AVG
.175
 
OBP
.197
 
SLG
.317
 
OPS
.514
 
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Puig's tumultuous 2016 put him on thin ice, but he improved his attitude and patience at the plate en route to a career-best home run total and BB/K (0.64). The Cuban import nearly doubled his walk rate (to 11.2 percent) and finally tapped into the type of power that many thought he had but which had yet to manifest itself. He fell just two homers shy of 30 despite a 48.1 percent groundball rate. Puig scuffled against lefties (.183/.317/.275) and has a reverse platoon split for his career, but he's still historically hit lefties at an above-average level, so there may be room for batting-average growth. His near Gold Glove defense should keep him as a starter entering his contract year, and his run and RBI totals could improve with a more regular spot in the heart of the batting order -- the majority of his at-bats (204) came from the eight hole last season.
Either you believe in Puig or you don't. Both sides have valid cases. There's no denying his raw athletic ability, but it's also perfectly fair to question Puig's desire to get the most out of it. Last season was tumultuous for the Cuban native, beginning in the spring, when he avoided a suspension stemming from alleged domestic violence charges during a November 2015 bar fight. Puig was unable to get in a groove, perhaps a result of lingering left hamstring soreness that eventually resulted in a June DL stint. After returning, the struggles continued. That and a lack of hustle culminated in a minor league demotion. Puig responded well with an eye-popping slash line at Triple-A Oklahoma City, yet he was still placed on waivers. After being claimed and pulled back, Puig returned to the bigs when rosters expanded, hitting a modest .281 with four homers and 11 RBI. The good news for the believers is the price to own has dropped. The bad news is playing time isn't a sure thing. Invest at your own peril.
Coming off a strong .296/.382/.480 first full season, expectations were high for Puig last year, but hamstring injuries limited the mercurial outfielder to just 282 at-bats and a .255/.322/.436 slash line. One of the more divisive players in the game at the tender age of 25, Puig's actions on and off the field have come into question, but his upside between the lines remains enormous. Unlike some Cuban sluggers, Puig has a decent eye at the plate (9.5% career BB%), he runs hard and has a cannon of an arm. His .192 career ISO is solid, but his raw talent seems to call for much more. He hasn't always been in the best shape, and while has a lot to prove in 2016, it may be worth gambling on his considerable upside. He should be the team's Opening Day right fielder, and with an offseason dedicating to getting himself in tip-top shape, Puig could eventually provide first-round fantasy value.
After bursting onto the scene as a rookie in 2013, expectations were sky high for Puig in his second big league campaign. Somehow, there was an air of disappointment in what turned out to be a 5.1-fWAR season. Even with a variety of ailments that included thumb, head, hip, hand, and hamstring injuries, Puig logged 148 games last season, but it's fair to wonder if his reduced power was as much the function of playing at less than full health as it was the result of the league figuring out how to pitch to him. Overall, Puig showed improved plate discipline (10.5% BB%, 19.4% K%), but a late-September slump carried over to the postseason and Puig was placed on the bench for the Dodgers' season-ending loss to the Cardinals after he struck out eight times over 12 at-bats to begin the NLDS. Just 24, Puig's ceiling remains very high, but he still shows the occasional lack of polish despite regular flashes of brilliance that suggest he'll be an MVP candidate in the near future.
Puig electrified the team and the city from Day 1 of his big league debut June 3, knocking two hits in his debut and two home runs in Game 2. He had his ups and downs as pitchers started adapting to his free-swinging ways, but Puig also adapted himself, taking more pitches as the season wore on. The end result was a .319/.391/.534 slash line that included 19 homers and 11 stolen bases in 382 at-bats. He's certainly a work-in-progress, but coming off a .925 OPS rookie season, the sky appears to be the limit.
The Dodgers swooped in with $42 million just before Major League Baseball put a cap on international spending and grabbed Puig, the latest Cuban buzz-worthy young outfielder. He appeared in 23 games in the Dodgers' minor league system and delivered a 1.076 OPS with five homers and eight steals in just 82 at-bats. It's possible, with the team's projected outfield all signed through at least 2017, that the team will need to make a trade (Andre Ethier?) to free up a spot for Puig, but that can be decided later. For 2013, expect Puig to open up in Double-A.
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Goes yard against former club
OFCincinnati Reds
April 16, 2019
Puig went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.
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Ends power drought
OFCincinnati Reds
April 15, 2019
Puig went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a double Sunday in the Reds' 9-5 loss to the Cardinals.
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Hits two-run double
OFCincinnati Reds
April 11, 2019
Puig went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base in a 5-0 victory against the Marlins on Thursday.
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Back from suspension
OFCincinnati Reds
April 11, 2019
Puig has been reinstated from his two-game suspension and will start in right field and bat third in Thursday's game against the Marlins.
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Suspended two games
OFCincinnati Reds
April 9, 2019
Puig received a two-game suspension for his role in Sunday's benches-clearing incident with the Pirates, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. He won't appeal the suspension and will begin serving the ban Tuesday, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.
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