Dodgers Spring Training Video: Yasiel Puig Shows Off Arm Strength
Since making his Major-League debut in June of 2013, Yasiel Puig has been a human highlight reel. His home runs, bat flips and singles turned into doubles have been mainstays on ESPN’s SportsCenter and Time Warner Cable’s Access SportsNet: Dodgers.
While Puig’s offensive efforts have drawn plenty of attention, he’s equally as impressive in the outfield; whether it’s crashing into walls for a catch, throwing out a runner at third base or home plate, Puig has been a force to be reckoned with in center and right field.
After getting off to a slow start at the plate, Puig has turned the corner in the last week or so. With the Los Angeles Dodgers playing split-squad games Sunday, Puig was with the roster that traveled to Scottsdale Stadium for the third meeting this spring against the San Francisco Giants.
While the Dodgers came up short against their division rivals from the North, Puig showed off his rocket of an arm in the fourth inning. Having already given up a leadoff single, Carlos Frias allowed another base hit to Matt Duffy that sent Puig running to his left.
After tracking the ball down, Puig scooped, spun and threw to third base all in one motion to prevent Brandon Crawford from going first to third. The play was reminiscent of Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips bowing down to Puig after opting to to test his arm in a similar situation.