New Arrival: Yoenis Céspedes, of, Oakland Athletics

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Yoenis Céspedes is my favorite position player on the A’s, and my favorite Cuban player in the game. In 2012, his rookie season, he carried a 139 OPS+ with 23 HR and a .861 OPS.  He regressed in 2013 though, hitting 26 HR with a .737 OPS and 105 OPS+. And his defense was not really all that great either, despite some highlight plays.

Still, Cespedes was one of the better sources of power in a sometimes weak A’s line-up, and should be again this season. One reason to be optimistic is that he lost some weight this off season, and has been working to shorten his swing and improve his approach at the plate. If he can cut down on his strikeouts–a problem right now–he could put my MVP type numbers.

Year Age Tm AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+ Awards
2012 26 OAK 487 23 82 16 4 43 102 .292 .356 .861 139 MVP-10,RoY-2
2013 27 OAK 529 26 80 7 7 37 137 .240 .294 .737 105
2 Yrs 1016 49 162 23 11 80 239 .265 .324 .796 121
162 Game Avg. 623 30 99 14 7 49 147 .265 .324 .796 121
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/19/2014.
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