Dodger prospect Yasiel Puig arrested

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' top prospect, outfielder Yasiel Puig, was arrested early Sunday in Chattanooga, Tenn., and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance, according to a booking report from the Hamilton County Sherriff's office.

Puig is on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Chattanooga with a sprained left thumb. He was booked and released with a hearing set for May 14.

"We're aware of the situation and we take it very seriously," a Dodgers spokesman said. "We'll be handling discipline internally."

A Chattanooga Police Department report says Puig indicated he was serving as a designated driver when he was arrested at about 1 a.m. The report says Puig's car was going in and out of his lane and that "it took blue lights and multiple siren blasts" to get him to stop his car.

The Dodgers signed Puig, 22, to a seven-year, $42 million contract last June.

He impressed the Dodgers and the rest of baseball by batting .517 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in spring training. When they sent him down shortly before Opening Day, they said he needed to mature. According to a report on MLB.com, Puig was removed from a game earlier this season because of an undisclosed mental mistake.

"I heard a guy say one time, you feed babies baby food. You don't give them steak when they are six months old," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of
Puig earlier this month. "Let him learn his lessons where they should be learned."

Puig is batting .333 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.