6/16/2014 10:17 P.M. ET
Wild Horse isn't running wild on basepaths
By Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is considered a five-tool player, but one tool needs a little more work than the others.
Puig has been caught stealing three times in his last four games and seven times on the year, matching his stolen-base total. Last season, Puig stole 11 bases in 19 attempts.
"I don't think it's an art that he's really picked up yet," manager Don Mattingly said prior to Monday's series opener against the Rockies. "I think that's something that he's capable of doing. Just with a higher success rate, I think that's where we have to take over and take charge of when he runs."
Still, Mattingly said the Dodgers haven't done much extra work with Puig on his basestealing, focusing instead on sharpening other parts of his game.
"You can only do so much," Mattingly said. "I think that's an area of his game that will continue to get better. Last year, we were worried about his throws, and we were worried about his strike zone, and we're worried about this and that.
"But he's made a lot of strides, and I think that's an area where he'll continue to get better."
First-round pick Holmes visits Dodger Stadium
LOS ANGELES -- Right-handed pitcher Grant Holmes, the 22nd overall pick in this year's First-Year Player Draft, was at Dodger Stadium on Monday, exploring what could be his future home.
Holmes, drafted out of Conway High School (S.C.), said he and the Dodgers were still negotiating a contract but that his signing was mainly dependent on an upcoming physical.
"We've got to tie up some loose ends," said Logan White, Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting.
Holmes said he was impressed with what he had seen of the iconic ballpark.
"They've always had a great organization, and being a part of it is a great feeling," he said.
Though Holmes hasn't signed, the Dodgers did come to terms with three more Draft picks Monday: right-hander Brock Stewart (sixth round, Illinois State), third baseman Jimmy Allen (24th round, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) and right-hander Harlan Richter (27th round, Bossier Parish Community College).
The Dodgers have signed 22 of their 40 picks, including six of their top 10.
Holmes, their top pick, has a mid-90s fastball, a slider and a developing changeup. Holmes said he patterns his game after closer Craig Kimbrel of the Braves -- Holmes' favorite team growing up.
As Holmes spoke with reporters in the Dodger Stadium dugout, outfielder Yasiel Puig came up to Holmes and introduced himself. He told Holmes, in Spanish, to hurry up to the Major Leagues so he can play behind him.
Holmes seems ready to start that journey.
"Beyond ready," Holmes said.
Kings to bring Stanley Cup to Dodger Stadium
LOS ANGELES -- The next stop for the Stanley Cup trophy: Dodger Stadium.
The champion Los Angeles Kings will bring the trophy to Chavez Ravine on Tuesday, where they will be honored in a pregame ceremony before the Dodgers take on the Rockies. The ceremony will begin at 6:40 p.m. PT.
The Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years on Friday night. Dodger Stadium showed highlights of Kings games throughout the playoffs, and the crowd erupted Friday when defenseman Alec Martinez scored the game-winning goal.
"We're very aware of the Kings and proud of them for what they've accomplished," catcher A.J. Ellis said Friday. "And hopefully we can do something similar to that here in a couple of months."
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.