"Great power hitter," Puig said.
Now, Puig is working closely with McGwire, the Dodgers' hitting coach, in the batting cages at Camelback Ranch, trying to refine a powerful but raw swing into something that can withstand the rigors of major-league pitching. The Dodgers don't expect him to have to test that swing on Opening Day -- he could spend all of 2013 in the minors -- but they're seeing the potential early.
Puig has been doing as much damage as any Dodger hitter this spring. He lined a three-run home run to left field off Cleveland Indians pitcher Fernando Nieve in the Dodgers' 5-1 win Sunday. Puig is batting .421 with four extra-base hits, more than any Dodger hitter other than Luis Cruz.
Puig has the build of an NFL linebacker. He is 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, with massive arms and an athletic gait. He also recognizes this will get tougher as pitchers begin to bring in more of their off-speed stuff and to game plan for attacking hitters.
He's proving he's not intimidated, though, and that's a good start.
"I'm going to be ready for any pitch," Puig said.