By now, it's no surprise that Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig has an outstanding arm.
The mercurial star consistently nails base runners with outstanding throws that other outfielders wouldn't even attempt to make.
However, that doesn't mean these throws - which have become commonplace for Puig - are any less incredible to watch when they happen.
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On Friday night in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres, Puig was at it again. As you can see in the video below, Puig threw out Hunter Renfroe at home plate to end the top of the third inning on what should have been a play that netted two runs for the Padres:
By throwing out Renfroe, the Dodgers kept the Padres' lead at 2-1 instead of 3-1 and also ended their opponent's scoring threat.
After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told Dodgers.com that he thinks Puig is one of the best defensive right fielders in baseball and that he has a big impact on keeping opposing runners from advancing:
"He's a Gold Glove right fielder," said Roberts. "The plays he makes with his arm, the plays he makes with his glove and the many plays he makes to deter a baserunner from advancing."
Renfroe was shocked, too, saying he wasn't expecting the ball to be waiting for him when he got to home plate:
"When I went to jump around [Barnes], his glove was laying on the ground, but my arm touched it," Renfroe said. "It took a really good throw."
Even Puig's teammates were stunned by the rocket throw, as rookie Cody Bellinger said Puig's arm keeps getting better:
"He just keeps surprising me every time he throws the ball," said Bellinger. "He just keeps throwing it harder and harder."
According to Statcast, Puig's third-inning rocket reached a top speed of 96.2 mph - his second-hardest throw of the year. The ball traveled a total of 270 feet in the air, making it the longest of Puig's four outfield assists this season.
The Dodgers may have suffered a rare loss on Friday night, but they still have the best record in baseball, currently sporting an incredible mark of 81-34. They lead the National League West division by a whopping 16 games over the second-place Colorado Rockies.
As long as they have Puig in right field, the Dodgers should be able to continue striking fear into opposing base runners and limiting other teams' scoring chances.
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