Originally Posted by 757690
He's overrated simply because he's unknown. MLB history is littered with guys who start off strong like Puig has, and then been average or worse the rest of their career.
The dude is a true 5-tool player, and in his first 70 games has numbers better than Mike Trout's first 70 in almost every offensive category. Puig will finish this season with 100+ games, and unless he flames out over the next 30+ games, is going to end up with some eye-popping numbers at the plate and great defense in the field.
I'm no historian, so I'd honestly like to know who the rookies are who put up his kind of numbers and then just faded away...and not guys who were hot their first 20 games or so (a'la Shane Spencer), but for the better part of a full season. Yeah, I remember guys like Joe Charboneau, Jerome Walton, and Bob Hamelin, but none of them had across the board numbers like Puig.
Again, the above is no gurantee he won't turn out to be a bust...and Chapman is one of the better closers in the game. But as the A's and other teams have shown, you can do okay by plugging in decent closers for 2-3 year stints, so I would take the risk of giving up Chapman for the potential reward of what you could get in return for an everyday player like Puig.