When the LA Angels promoted outfielder Cesar Puello they were hoping he could help the Angels cause against left-handed pitchers. He’s done that and then some.
The LA Angels have started to get good hitting and pitching together in the same game. Cesar Puello has been a key piece to that puzzle in the two days he has been in the line-up. Puello is hitting .545 (6 for 11) with two homers and five RBIs thus far and the Angels are 2-0.
With the hitting coming around, coincidentally the Angels have started to win some games going 5-1 in their last six games. Nothing to write home about yet, but things are trending in the right direction.
So where did the 28-year old Puello come from? Puello has bounced around several organizations including a short stint with the Angels in 2017. Most recently Puello played with the Mets and the Angels claimed him off waivers in November of 2018.
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Puello has been hitting well in Triple-A Salt Lake City posting a .299 with seven homers and 37 RBIs. On Wednesday night Puello debuted going three for six with four RBIs in the Angels extra-innings 12-7 victory. So what did Puello do for an encore, just go 3 for 5 another home run and an RBI. The Angels have scored 21 runs with Puello in the line-up the past two games.
For now Puello is showing he should get more of a look by the Angels if he continues to do well. The Angels could choose to implement a lefty-righty platoon in left field with Puello and Brian Goodwin until Justin Upton comes back in mid-to-late June. Goodwin has already been a pleasant surprise and now Puello is following Goodwin’s lead.
The Los Angeles Angels official twitter site @Angels tweeted this video of Cesar Puello’s second career major league homer
Now it is a very small sample-size for Puello but the 28-year old also had a pretty good Spring as well hitting .281 with one homer and eight RBIs in 24 Spring games. Puello also has a career .290 batting average in 12 minor league seasons with 75 homers and 411 RBIs.
So maybe Puello’s numbers over the last two games should not be so surprising. For now let’s just sit back and enjoy Puello and the Angels strong hitting over the last week and even more important their winning.