An outfielder records an assist when he throws the ball into the infield and an out is recorded as a result. Outfield assists are one of the most commonly referenced types of assists.
Outfield assists often result from throws directly to a base, without the help of an infielder. However, if a relay throw is needed or if an infielder cuts the throw off to get an out at a different base, the outfielder is still credited with an assist. Similarly, if one outfielder touches the ball before another outfielder throws to the infield for an out, both outfielders are awarded an assist.
Outfield assists can be a solid barometer of an outfielder's arm strength and accuracy. An outfielder who throws out many baserunners typically has a better arm than an outfielder who doesn't. Of course, there are exceptions. Certain outfielders force baserunners to hold up simply based on the reputations of their great arms. These outfielders will have lower assist totals because they have fewer chances. Similarly, baserunners often try to take advantage of weak arms. Players with non-elite arms can have high assist totals because of the sheer number of opportunities they get to throw out runners.
Watch: Yasiel Puig throws out Trevor Story from right field, recording an outfield assist.
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