'I never doubted that I would get the opportunity,'' Puig said through an interpreter. ''The surprise was that it is with the Dodgers. It is great to finally be here and to start my career, work with the guys and work on a common goal which is to get to the big leagues.''
The 6-foot-3, 250 pound Puig was considered the fastest player in Cuba and the top prospect in the country's premier league. He batted .330 with 17 home runs, 47 RBIs and 78 runs scored in 327 at-bats with the Cienfuegos Elefantes in the 2010-11 season.
''Like they say in the big leagues I am a five-tool player,'' Puig said. ''I have what it takes and do it with a lot of love. I am going to bring my best stuff to the Dodgers. I don't want to disappoint the Dodgers or the fans.''
The contract Puig signed is the largest ever for a Cuban amateur. Despite the salary, the Dodgers are not in any hurry to bring Puig to the majors. He will begin his pro career in the Arizona Rookie League as soon as he gets in shape and the proper paper work is completed.
I have a feeling that he will be needed sooner than later in the big leagues....