Top prospect Yasiel Puig called up by Dodgers

Sunday June 2nd, 2013

The Dodgers called up top prospect Yasiel Puig on Sunday. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) Dodgers top prospect Yasiel Puig will be up with the big club Monday. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers will call up top prospect Yasiel Puig on Monday, in a move the team undoubtedly hopes will help its anemic offense.

The team announced the move Sunday, saying the Cuban star would likely make his Dodgers debut Monday.

Puig, an outfielder, was ranked No. 47 in Baseball America's list of Top 100 prospects for 2013. He defected from Cuba in 2012, after which he signed a seven-year, $42 million deal with the Dodgers.

In 40 games with Double-A Chattanooga, Puig was batting .313 with eight home runs, 37 RBIs and a .982 OPS. The Dodgers currently rank 28th in the majors in runs scored and 20th in OPS.

The 22-year-old Puig impressed in spring training, batting .526. But his major-league debut was delayed by the presence of Andre Either, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp in the Dodgers' outfield. Kemp was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Thursday with a strained right hamstring, while Crawford left Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies with an injured left hamstring.

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