The past few games in the series between the Angels and Athletics have shone a bright spotlight on outfielder Yoenis Cespedes — or more specifically, his superhuman arm.
In the first video, Cespedes lasers a throw to nab Howie Kendrick at the plate to keep the game tied at 1 in the 8th inning. In the second clip, he fires another perfect throw to nail Albert Pujols trying to stretch a double into a triple.
Does Cespedes intentionally fumble the ball to bait runners into trying for extra bases? Or is he vying to surpass Yasiel Puig and Mike Trout for the Strongest Arm in the West title? One thing is sure, if he keeps indiscriminately launching rockets, even bespectacled Colonel Saunders look-a-likes will need to take cover.
A LONG HISTORY
California has a long history of showcasing baseball’s best young arms. Check out this newspaper clipping featuring Rocky Colavito in San Diego circa 1956.