Found March 18, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:
Yasiel Puig has been torching the ball this spring and he has made several believers in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse. One of his biggest supporters is Matt Kemp, who thinks the 22-year-old Cuban outfielder will be up with the big club before too long. Kemp recently raved about Puig, comparing the 6-foot-3, 245-pound outfielder to Bo Jackson. “I think he’s way stronger than me,” Kemp told The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez. “He might have more power than me. “He’s a monster, man,” Kemp said of Puig. “He’s big. When everybody sees him, they think about Bo Jackson. Puig is a five-tool athlete that can do a lot in the big leagues and help our team one of these days.” Bo Jackson? More power than Kemp? We’re talking about two All-Stars and two of the more impressive athletes the sport has seen. Kemp even hit 39 home runs in 2011. The Dodgers signed Puig, a Cuban defector, to a seven-year, $42 million contract last June. He hit .354 in 82 at-bats last season split between the
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