Found July 03, 2013 on The Pinch Hitters:
Dodgers Stadium has been in a frenzy all of June over star Cuban prospect Yasiel Puig, so let’s take a look at Puig’s stats thru his first 22 games compared the other LA team’s breakout player of 2012, Angels’ Mike Trout. There are some differences to consider: You’ll find that Puig’s first 22 games look more stout than Trout’s, however Trout really didn’t take off until just after passing that 22 game threshold. Once the summer hit, his bat took off, so we will certainly do a follow up closer to the September to compare and contrast again. Also, 22 games is not a very large sample size, so I would expect Puig’s numbers to taper off throughout the season. After all, he has not even played a full month of baseball yet. That being said, let’s take a look at where both stood at this point in their rookie years. Here is the raw data that I have collected:   GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS Trout 2012 thru 22 22 92 13 25 7 1 2 11 11 21 4 1 0.266 0.312 0.414 0.726 Trout 2012 total 139 559 129 182 27 8 30 83 67 139 49 5 0.326 0.399 0.564 0.963 Puig 2013 22 85 14 37 4 0 7 14 3 18 2 0 0.435 0.467 0.729 1.196 Puig Projected 102 394 65 172 19 0 32 65 14 83 9 0 0.435 0.467 0.729 1.196 Comparison thru 22 7 -1 -12 3 1 -5 -3 8 3 2 1 -0.169 -0.155 -0.315 -0.470   Let’s highlight some figures that stand out: Thru the same number of games, Puig has 12 more hits and five more home runs in seven fewer at bats than Trout. When I took a closer look at the game-by-game numbers for both, it shows that Puig has been able to get his numbers in bunches, having six three-hit games and three multi-RBI games. Meanwhile, Trout’s first 22 were steady and consistent, with no one game standing out over the other, but still able to crank out nine two-hit games and the same number of multi-RBI games. This also explains the disparity between the two in slugging % and on-base %. As I stated, this is a small sample size for Puig, but it gives you an idea of why he has been so hyped since coming on the scene, and lets you know that it’s not just hype, his game is real. We’ll follow up on these figures after the summer has passed. Source: ESPN.com
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