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Dodger rookie Yasiel Puig is baseball's 'Cuban Missile'

Yasiel Puig is off to a sensational start at the plate for the Los Angeles Dodgers. And Puig's throws from right field are turning heads.

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig tosses his helmet during batting practice prior to their baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, June 11, 2013, in Los Angeles.

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Every 10 years or so Major League Baseball finds a rookie like Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who can hit standing up in a hammock!

The Dodgers didn’t scout him. They got him out of Central Casting. He’s a product of Cuba: 6 foot 3 inches and 245 pounds of muscle who knows the strike zone.

After five games in the big leagues, the "Cuban Missile" was hitting .464, including four home runs. Overall he had 13 hits in his first 29 trips to the plate. His momentum was thrown off a bit Tuesday night when a 92 m.p.h. fastball thrown by Arizona's Ian Kennedy hit him on the nose. He went 0-for-2 at the plate in that game in which a handful of hit batsmen led to a bench-clearing brawl and the six ejections, including Puig's.

 
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