Dodgers' prospect Yasiel Puig arrested for speeding, reckless driving

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Yasiel Puig, who very nearly made the Dodgers' roster after his performance in spring training, was arrested early Sunday.

Yasiel Puig, a 22-year-old minor-league prospect of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was arrested on Sunday and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance. Puig was arrested in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he plays for the Dodgers' AA affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts.

Puig was extremely impressive in spring training, with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly referring to him as possessing "a Bo Jackson-type package." Puig began the season with the Lookouts and continued to impress, batting .333 with a .385 on base percentage and a .625 slugging average, according to Baseball Reference. Most recently he landed on the disabled list with a sprained thumb.

Puig is a Cuban defector who signed a seven-year, $42-million contract in June of 2012. Some reports indicated that might be significantly overvaluing the prospect, but his early performance for Los Angeles hasn't done much to dampen expectations. The Dodgers seem to be aware that Puig might require attention to more than his on-field skills and they have provided him with an interpreter and mentor, reports the LA Times.

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