With 58 playoff appearances, Puig is the Dodgers' all-time leader. Puig previously won a bronze medal with the Cuban national baseball team in the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship. In 2012, he fled from Cuba and signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal included a $3 million signing bonus and annual salaries of up to $5 million.
Puig made his major league debut on April 17, 2016. He had three hits in his first game with the Dodgers. Los Angeles lost that night's game 3-0 to the San Diego Padres.
In his rookie season, Puig has hit 14 homers and driven in 43 runs. His.929 slugging percentage leads all rookies who have played more than 50 games.
Puig was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April. The award is given each month by the managers of each team in MLB. It is based on voting results published on the website mlb.com/monthly/rookie.
He is the second Dodger to win the award after Eric Karros in 1996. The last Cuban player to win the award was Vladimir Guerrero in 2001.
Puig was selected as the starting left fielder for the 2016 All-Star Game which was held at Dodger Stadium. His selection was announced during the game on July 11.
On July 31, 2019, the three-team trade that sent Puig to the Indians became official. The Indians acquired Scott Moss from Cincinnati, the Reds got Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen, and Victor Nova from San Diego, and the Padres acquired Taylor Trammell.
Outfielder Yasiel Puig has yet to secure job in the major leagues, but it appears he will play professional baseball in 2021. According to ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas, Puig will join with Veracruz of the Mexican League. Puig was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2013 to 2018.
With 58 playoff appearances, Puig is the Dodgers' all-time leader. Puig previously won a bronze medal with the Cuban national baseball team in the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship. In 2012, he fled from Cuba and signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Puig was selected National League Player of the Week from June 3–9. Puig got 27 hits in his first 15 games, tying him for second all-time after Irv Waldron (1901) and Bo Hart (2003) with 36 and 84, respectively.
He has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians in Major League Baseball (MLB). Former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully gave him the moniker "The Wild Horse." He also ranks third on the franchise list with $68 million in salary money earned.
Puig was born in Cuba on January 4th, 1992. He moved to Florida with his family when he was nine years old. They settled in Miami Lakes, a suburb of Miami. There, Puig attended American Heritage School, a private high school.
During his time at American Heritage, he began to play baseball. Initially, he tried out for the school's team but was not accepted because he was too small. However, one of the coaches noticed his talent and recommended that he try out for a travel team called the USA Baseball National Team Development Program. In 2011, after just one season with the program, he was drafted first overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As a rookie, Puig had a spectacular season. He finished second in the MVP voting and helped the Dodgers win their first World Series title in history. Since then, he has been even more impressive every year. In 2016, he finished second in the MVP voting again.