Puello was traded from the Angels to the Marlins on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations. The two teams struck a deal after Puello was designated for assignment by the Angels earlier in the week. Prior to being dropped from Los Angeles' 40-man roster, Puello compiled an impressive .390/.500/.683 slash line with three homers and 12 RBI in 12 games. He'll join the club in St. Louis on Wednesday and could quickly carve out a role for himself given Miami's lackluster options in the outfield. Rosell Herrera was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Puello was designated for assignment by the Angels on Monday. This is a tough break for Puello; the outfielder slashed .390/.500/.683 with three homers and 12 RBI in 12 games with the Angels prior to being dropped from their 40-man roster in favor of Justin Upton (toe), who was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Monday. Given Puello's strong performance during his brief stint with the Angels, he could draw some interest on waivers.
Puello will start in left field and bat fifth Monday against the Cubs, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Puello will stick in the lineup for the fifth time in six games since being promoted from Triple-A Salt Lake last week. Though he's certainly benefited from the Angels facing a southpaw-heavy pitching slate of late, Puello has made an early case to steal playing time from the likes of Brian Goodwin and Kole Calhoun against right-handed pitching, too. Puello has gone 9-for-19 with two home runs, two walks and a double in his first four starts with the Angels, building on the impressive .941 OPS he had submitted for Salt Lake.
Puello went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a second run scored in a victory over Seattle on Thursday. Puello took Yusei Kikuchi deep in the third inning for his second home run in as many nights. He is now a blazing 6-for-11 (.545) with the pair of home runs and five RBI since his call-up from Triple-A Salt Lake. Puello did show the ability to hit in the minors this year, batting .299 with seven homers in 42 games, but it remains to be seen how much playing time he'll receive with the big club, especially with Justin Upton (toe) targeting a return in June. If Puello continues to rake as he has in his first two games, the Angels may have little choice but to give him all the at-bats he can handle.
Puello went 3-for-6 with a home run, four RBI and two runs during his 2019 big-league debut against the Athletics on Wednesday. Playing in the majors for the first time since 2017, Puello starred, driving in four runs and hitting his first career home run. His only other MLB action came in 2017 when he hit .206 with no extra-base hits and three RBI in 17 games. Look for Puello to receive more playing time after this big day.