Dodgers' Mattingly: Puig 'best right fielder in baseball'

Dodgers' Mattingly: Puig 'best right fielder in baseball'
May 27, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Yasiel Puig leads all MLB right fielders with a .345 average and a .440 on-base percentage. (USATSI)

Right field in Major League Baseball hosts a wide range of talent, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly believes he coaches the best in Yasiel Puig. 

"We feel like, right now, Yasiel is the best right fielder in baseball," Mattingly told the LA Times on Monday. "This guy dominates right field."

Puig, 23, is batting .345 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 46 games for the Dodgers this year. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound specimen boasts impressive numbers, but a handful of right fielders might take exception to Mattingly's claim. 

The Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, for example, leads all major league right fielders with 15 home runs, 49 RBI and a .622 slugging percentage. The Rangers' Alex Rios has the most hits (64), triples (5) and steals (nine). And the Giants' Hunter Pence leads all right fielders with 38 runs scored. 

The list continues with names like Jose Bautista, Jason Heyward, Nick Markakis and former MVP Ryan Braun.

The Dodgers, with their perceived best-in-the-bigs right fielder, won't move Puig to center field while the team is at odds with Matt Kemp over playing time.

Kemp, whose defensive limitations were acknowledged recently by Mattingly, became the first member of the Dodgers outfield corps to sit four consecutive games on Monday. Along with Puig, Carl Crawford (left) and Andre Ethier (center) comprise the rest of the Dodgers outfield.