Friday July 17th, 2015

Dodgers chairman Mark Walter is optimistic about Yasiel Puig's career despite the oufielder underachieving this season, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"I wouldn't give up on him now," Walter said"Puig clearly, clearly has incredible potential and talent. And I think he's got a big heart and wants to play hard. So I think that will show up."

Though Puig has developed a reputation for inciting controversy and being a clubhouse nuisance, Walter believes he has the potential to be extremely productive for the Dodgers.

"I think he's just going to be a great player," Walter said.

• MLB trade rumors

In his third season with the Dodgers since he made his Major League Baseball debut, Puig's offensive production is lagging. He has played in just 43 of 90 games this season, missing six weeks with a strained hamstring, and is batting .261 with four home runs.

Last season, Puig hit .296 with 16 home runs and 69 RBIs and earned his first All-Star selection. 

To Walter's knowledge, there have been no conversations about trading Puig, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers are in first place in the NL West, 4.5 games ahead of the Giants.

- Erin Flynn

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