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Yoenis Cespedes hit a home run in the Dominican Winter League last night

Jan 19, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

Yoenis Cespedes‘ early struggles in the Dominican Winter League playoffs have been well documented, but he finally caught up with one last night. The 26-year-old outfielder turned on a 97 mph fastball from Astros’ Rule 5 pick right-hander Rhiner Cruz for a long home run over the left field fence.

Below is the video footage, courtesy of Baseball America:

Wow. That’s enough swag to make Bryce Harper blush. But honestly, should we expect anything less from this guy?

Cespedes is now 3-for-23 (.130) with six strikeouts in six games with Aguilas Cibaeñas. It’s not clear when he’ll be granted residency in the Dominican Republic, an important hurdle before he can be declared a free agent by MLB.

  1. dcfan4life - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    The real question is does any of his early struggles derail any of the teams after him? I don’t think so.

  2. flaviusflav - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Wow, and I thought advertising was intrusive in the states…

  3. yankeesgameday - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Came this close to making the rum and cigar joke, but man that felt really racist in this context. How bout this: his stance and swing reminds me of Jose canseco.

  4. Matt Adams - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    We all want to believe, no?

  5. marshmallowsnake - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Wow…a fastball…every major league hitter can kill a fastball (well, maybe not Nick Punto, but anyway)…

    Show me a video of him killing a slider (instead of all of those swings and misses), and I may be impressed.

  6. Old Gator - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    “Swing hard, in case you hit it.”
    -Ralph Kiner

    • paperlions - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Joaquin Andujar used to say (and do) the same thing.

    • Alex K - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Willy Mo Pena feels the same way.

  7. cur68 - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Cespedes in the post game interview: Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.

    • marshmallowsnake - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      One day he will realize the truth, and say, “F**k you Jobu…I do it myself.”

    • marshmallowsnake - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      • cur68 - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Coolest baseball player name EVER!

  8. jaygiants - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    He’s not worth all of the hype and money being put into his name. He’s a bum

  9. stex52 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Of course he hits it off of an Astros prospect. Hate to sound so one-track, but I am dreading the season already.

  10. baseballisboring - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I really despise all the “swag”, bat flipping disrespectful bullshit, especially when you’re hitting .100 in a Dominican winter league.

  11. bobwsc - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    that ‘r’ roll by the commentator as he’s rounding second is ridiculously sweet.

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