Feb 3, 2014, 11:03 PM EDT
The plan calls for Carl Crawford, who hit leadoff in 86 games last season, to slide down to the No. 2 spot in the order. Mattingly believes that the change will provide better righty-lefty balance in the lineup. In this scenario, Puig and Crawford would be followed by the right-handed hitting Hanley Ramirez and the left-handed hitting Adrian Gonzalez.
Puig hit .319/.391/.534 in 104 games as a rookie last season while making the majority of his starts (51) out of the No. 2 spot. The 23-year-old also made 27 starts out of the leadoff spot, 17 out of the cleanup spot, and one out of the fifth spot in the order.
Puig was a spark plug for the Dodgers last year and finished with a higher walk rate (8.8 percent) than the league average, but he was just 11-for-19 (59 percent) in stolen base attempts. The Dodgers will have to hope that he gets better picking his spots in 2014.
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