Today I am breaking down two of the top prospects in the NL in Yasiel Puig & Michael Wacha. Going into Spring Training Puig was ranked the 47th overall prospect in MLB by Baseball America, while Wacha was ranked 76th.
Dodgers gave Puig a huge contract last summer as an international free agent (Cuba) with a 7 year deal for 42 million dollars. So the Dodgers have very high hopes that Puig will be an impact player with that kind of signing. It was at the time considered a risky signing because while Puig is a physical specimen and has immense raw power & explosive bat speed, Puig had not played in a live game in a nearly a year at the time of the signing. While Puig has a lot of tools and physical attributes he was considered raw and needed to work on his selection at the plate. However so far this year in AA Puig has been tearing it up.
8HR, 37RBI, 26R, 13SB, .313 Avg, .383 OBP, 23 Extra Base Hits in 40 games & 147 AB's.
Dodgers are getting killed with injuries with Matt Kemp on the DL and Carl Crawford nursing a hamstring issue. Puig will get to play everyday in the month of June to show if he is ready. If Puig can be selective at the plate he can be a force for the Dodgers & Roto owners fo the rest of this year.
Wacha going into Spring training was considered another touted young pitcher the Cardinals have in their system. Wacha was projected to be a middle of the rotation starter but perhaps front of the rotation if his breaking pitches could come along to go with his 93mph sinking fastball.
9 Starts, 4-0, 2.05, 0.95 Ratio, 34K in 52 2/3 IP
Wacha in his first start last week against the Royals got a no decision but went 7 innings giving up 1 run on just 2 base hits with ho walks, while striking out 6. While it's just one start Wacha does the ability to be a very good contributor for the Cards this year. If Wacha can show that now and with Garcia out for the year there is an opportunity for Wacha to stay in the rotation (not to mention Westbrook is also working his way back from injury). Always hard to predict young pitchers but I always would bet on the Cardinals and how they produce players.
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