ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 28: Leonys Martin #2 of the Texas Rangers catches a fly ball hit by Alberto Callaspo #18 of the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 28, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
There are some, but not too many, outfield arms in baseball that are more effective than Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin's.
Martin has a cannon, as evidenced by his 17 career outfield assists — 14 in his first year as a regular last season.
After an ill-timed decision over the weekend led to Dustin Pedroia advancing to second base on a single, Rangers manager Ron Washington took to the media to try to persuade Martin into being a little more cautious with his impressive throws.
On that play, Martin tried to gun down Jackie Bradley Jr. at third base as he went first-to-third. Bradley Jr. was safe on the play, and Pedroia got a free base.
"Sometimes, he gets out of control with that arm,” Washington told reporters, via The Dallas Morning News. “When you’re carrying around something like that, you think you’re invincible.”