LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that outfielder Yasiel Puig has reported to the Dodgers’ Arizona rookie league team to begin workouts at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. The Dodgers recently signed the Cuban outfielder to a seven-year Major League contract.
“We’re thrilled that Yasiel has arrived in Arizona,” said Dodger Assistant General Manager, Scouting Logan White. “He's athletic, intelligent and someone that's ready to work hard and earn a chance to fulfill his dream of playing Major League baseball.”
Thursday’s workout at the Dodgers’ training facility at Camelback-Ranch Glendale will be open to media from approximately 3 to 5:45 p.m., followed by a media availability in the Minor League meeting room with Dodger Assistant General Manager, Scouting Logan White and Puig, who will answer baseball related questions. The meeting room is located across from the Minor League clubhouse.
Puig, a native of Cienfuegos, Cuba played professionally in Cuba for Cienfuegos during the 2010-11 Cuban Series and hit .330 with 17 homers, 19 doubles, six triples, 47 RBI with a .430 on-base percentage in just 327 at-bats. In the playoffs following that season, Puig hit .370 in 46 at-bats. If Puig reaches the Major Leagues, he will become the eighth native of Cuba in Dodger history and the first since Danys Baez in 2006. The last Dodger position player born in Cuba was shortstop Zoilo Versalles (1968). In the 2012 First-Year Draft held in June, the Dodgers took two Cuban players, pitchers Onelki Garcia and Alfredo Unzue, while signing another as a free agent, catcher Selme Angulo. Overall, the Dodgers are expanding their scouting efforts and player signings in Latin America.