Puig played for the Cuban national baseball team in the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship, winning a bronze medal. He then played for the Cienfuegos team of the Cuban National Series in the 2008–09 Cuban National Series. He batted .276 with five home runs in his debut season. Puig enjoyed a breakout season in the 2009-10 Cuban National Series, with a .330 batting average, 17 home runs, 47 runs batted in (RBIs) and 78 runs scored in 327 at-bats. Puig also played for the Cuban national team in the 2011 World Port Tournament, where he tried to defect along with teammate Gerardo Concepcion. Concepcion was successful while Puig was not, and he was disciplined by not being allowed to play during the 2011–12 seasons.
Since 2011, he tried to defect to Mexico five times, in order to become a legal resident so he could become eligible to enter the MLB or ULB Draft. He defected from Cuba in 2012, and was entered into the ULB Draft after being awarded a visa.
Puig was selected 1st Overall in the 2013 ULB Draft by the Green Bay Blizzard. Puig is likely to be assigned to the American Association’s Rochester Red Wings, the Triple A affiliate of the Blizzard to start the 2013 season. Many scouts suggest Puig could make an immediate impact, and will likely debut in 2013.
The 2009 ULB Draft has begun. General Managers may log onto StatsLab and submit lists now! Please be sure to make a list that covers your first round position. If there are seven spots before you draft, submit a list of 8 players!
With the First Overall pick in the 2008 Union League Baseball draft, the Washington Senators selected LHP Clayton Kershaw from Highland Park High School.
After a growth spurt and further development of his pitches he established himself as an elite high school prospect in 2006 when he posted a 13–0 record with an ERA of 0.77, and recorded 139 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. In a playoff game against Justin Northwest High School, Kershaw pitched an all-strikeout perfect game. He struck out all 15 batters he faced in the game, which was shortened because of the mercy rule.* He also pitched for USA Baseball’s Junior National Team in the Pan Am Championship. Kershaw was selected by USA Today as “High School Baseball Player of the Year”, and was also the Gatorade National Player of the Year for baseball.
*It is worth noting that the ULB does not have a mercy rule. Be afraid.
The Washington Senators have netted the #1 overall pick in the 2008 ULB Draft Lottery. The Senators will have the first selection for the first time in team history, despite finishing in the bottom of the standing for well over a decade. The Senators .408 winning percentage is the worst in ULB History thus far, but returning GM Josh Allenberg is looking to change that.
Allenberg reportedly called the Senators ‘a stinking mess’ and that he had work to do to fix things in Washington. Allenberg said that like Presidental Canidate Barrack Obama, he is looking to bring ‘Hope and Change’ to the Senators organization.
The #2 pick in the draft will go to the Milwaukee Brewers and the #3 pick will belong to the Phoenix Fire.
The #1 overall pick in the 2004 Union League Baseball draft is right handed pitcher Wade Townsend, from Rice University. Townsend will become a piece of the future for the Los Angeles Stars, who won the lottery back in November. The Stars selected Townsend over several other big time prospects like catcher Joe Mauer, outfielder Richie Robnett and pitcher Justin Orenduff. Townsend is considered by many to be the best pitcher to enter the ULB draft since Nelson Hil Santovenia, who was also selected #1 overall.
In college, Townsend spent his first season as a reliever for Rice, which went to the College World Series and finished second in the nation in ERA. Townsend was 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA and six saves as a freshman, recording 51 strikeouts, 22 walks, and 10 wild pitches in 51.1 innings. As a sophomore in 2003, he struggled with his control in his first appearance but came into his own as a weekday starter, pitching Rice’s non-conference games against rival Houston and Big 12 opponents. He finished the season 11-2 with a 2.20 ERA, beating defending national champion Texas twice, including once in the CWS, Houston three times, and single wins over Nebraska, Baylor, and Texas A&M. The consensus all-American also recorded five saves as a reliever, mostly in Western Athletic Conference games, and led the WAC with a school-record 164 strikeouts .
The Jersey City Giants will have the 1st pick in the 2003 Union League Baseball Draft after winning the Draft Lottery. The Giants had a 9.09% chance of getting the 1st overall pick and beat the odds for the first time in team history. Previous winners include the Las Vegas Vipers, who drafted Tenho Vääräniemi in 2002, The Houston Apollos won in 2001, who selected Albert Pujols, The Boston Colonials in 2000 draft, who had traded the pick to Buffalo, who selected Corey Smith. Buffalo won the lottery in 1999, and selected Gerik Baxter that year. San Jose won in 1998, and selected Nelson Gil Santovenia in that year’s draft. The first Draft Lottery was conducted in 1997, when the Columbus Crickets won and went on to select J.D. Drew 1st overall.
1997 – Columbus Crickets – Selected J.D. Drew
1998 – San Jose Jedi – Selected Nelson Gil Santovenia
1999 – Buffalo Blizzard – Selected Gerik Baxter
2000 – Boston Colonials – Traded to Buffalo, selected Corey Smith
2001 – Houston Apollos – Selected Albert Pujols
2002 – Las Vegas Vipers – Selected Tenho Vääräniemi
2003 – Jersey City Giants – ???
The next three picks will go to the Oklahoma City RedHawks, who will get the 2nd overall pick. The Las Vegas Vipers will select 3rd, and the Newly renamed Los Angeles Stars will get the 4th overall pick in 2003. The Draft Lottery determines the top four picks in the 2003 draft, and only determines the first 4 picks.
The Las Vegas Vipers selected Tenho Vääräniemi from West Side High School in Newark, NJ as the #1 overall selection in the 2002 ULB Draft. Orginally from Budapest, Vääräniemi impressed scouts from the ULB with his raw abilities. It was enough to convince Travis Tilford and the Vipers to snatch him up. “He’s going to be a future Hall of Famer, for sure, if he can live up to his talents.”
Union League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent and ULB Players Association Preisdent Josh Allenberg are meeting in Allenberg’s home town of Pittsburgh today. There is renewed hope that the current tabled deal between the two sides may be finalized before the end of the Week ahead of the ULB Draft and the start of Spring Training.