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2015 Dodgers review: Yasiel Puig

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A look back at the 2015 season for Yasiel Puig, who was essentially rendered an afterthought in his worst major league season to date.

What went right

Even at his absolute major league worst, Puig was an above-average player, hitting .255/.322/.436 with a .328 wOBA, a 109 OPS+ and 111 wRC+.

Against left-handers, Puig hit .279/.380/.544 in 79 plate appearances, with five of his 11 home runs on the season against southpaws.

Puig hit .303/.384/.474 with nine extra-base hits and 10 walks in 21 games in June, his best month of the season.

Despite playing just 78 games in right field in 2015, Puig tied for second on the team with six outfield assists.

What went wrong

After playing 94 percent of possible games in 2013-2014, Puig was limited to just 79 games played and 71 starts in 2015, with career lows in rate stats across the board.

Puig missed 38 games with a left hamstring strain that cost him all of May, then missed 34 games with a right hamstring strain that wiped out all of his September.

He was 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in the National League Division Series against the Mets.

In addition to the down year on the field, Puig's reputation as a bad teammate continued to fester, with the examples piling up such that even the most blind Puig loyalist would be forced to accept the veracity of the claim.

There was former Mariners coach Andy Van Slyke, father of Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke, telling a St. Louis radio station that Clayton Kershaw told Dodgers management the Dodgers should trade Puig, a charge president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman flatly denied.

There was the bar fight in November in Miami, during which Puig got into an altercation with a bouncer, though no arrests were made. Puig's reported argument with his sister at said bar has MLB investigating the incident under the new domestic violence policy enacted in August.

An anonymous ex-Dodger told Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, "[Puig] is the worst person I've ever seen in this game."

In that Miller piece, Dodgers who didn't hide behind anonymity included A.J. Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez, with Ellis offering this:

"As his teammates, we have to do a better job of encouraging him and reaching out to him. I know I do. And from Yasiel's side, he has to continue to grow and to mature and to be accountable and understand that not all criticism is negative.

"I think trust has to be established, and maybe we missed that early."

2015 particulars

Age: 24

Stats: .255/.322/.436, .328 wOBA, 11 HR, 1.1 rWAR, 1.5 fWAR

Salary: $4.5 million

Game of the year

Puig tied his career high with four hits on June 10 against the Diamondbacks, including a three-run home run, a double and scored the winning run in a 7-6, walk-off win over Arizona. Puig also walked, also tying his career high with five times reaching base.

Roster status

Puig had three years and $19.5 million remaining on his contract, and four years remaining until eligible for free agency. He can opt into salary arbitration as early as next winter should he so choose, and that would be the best-case scenario for the Dodgers, for Puig to have a 2016 so good that he thinks he can beat $6.5 million in his first year of arbitration.