Is Yasiel Puig Mature Enough for a Comeback Season?

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The question posed is not only a difficult one, but an important one for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yasiel Puig joined the league and immediately leaped to stardom at the ripe age of 22. He came into the Dodgers lineup and became an instant impact accumulating a batting average of over .300. Puig in his opening season became a driving force in the playoff run for Los Angeles.

Puig stated recently “I want to be a starter again, whether it’s here or anywhere else,” considering “anywhere else” is essentially out of the question after off-season trade talks have dwindled, Puig has a solid understanding of his situation. This year has to be about staying healthy for Puig. He has spent a considerable amount of his time working to slim down throughout the off-season; Puig has hired a personal chef to prepare healthier meals and has been consistently seen at the Dodgers facility working on his swing.

With that being said, has Puig matured enough to come full circle back to his rookie form? I have high hopes that if he remains a Dodger that he will have a substantial impact in their starting lineup. Projections from Steamer and Composite both foresee Puig having a solid season AVG .280 RBI 63 HR 17. If he can barely outplay those numbers, the Dodgers will reap the benefits of a revived Yasiel Puig. Maybe the time away from the limelight served well for the young star. All of us as baseball fans can only hope for a reincarnation of the 2013 Yasiel Puig this year.

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