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Yasiel Puig builds believers

The new Dodger still has a lot to prove, but he's been impressive in spring

Updated: March 20, 2013, 2:03 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Don Mattingly had pressed hard on the verbal brakes all spring when asked about outfield prospect Yasiel Puig. He said the Los Angeles Dodgers wouldn't rush him, that his skills were still raw, that he hadn't yet proven he could hit consistent major-league pitching. But one afternoon last week, Mattingly just let it fly.

He had witnessed the Cuban defector lash an opposite-field home run, smack a single to right field so viciously he nearly got thrown out at first and send a low liner ...

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