Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig is being promoted to the Los Angeles Dodgers' high-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez.
The 21-year-old signed a seven-year, $42 million contract on June 29. Due to the new collective bargaining agreement, Puig and Jorge Soler - who signed for $30 million with the Chicago Cubs - were technically the last two free market signees before changes took effect on July 1 in terms of the cap on international signings.
Here is what assistant general manager and head of scouting Logan White said about Yasiel after he was signed:
"Yasiel is a fantastic kid with an infectious personality and we think he has the tools to be a front line player in the Major Leagues," White said. "He is very physical and athletic with raw power...he can hit it a long way. On top of that, he has a good arm and is an above average runner. We had a great team of people that worked to this done and I'm proud of our staff."
Puig hit three triples and four home runs in nine games in the rookie level Arizona League.
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