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Yoenis Cespedes continues to shine

Jul 29, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

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Yoenis Cespedes carried a truckload of question marks into the 2012 season. He had never played professional baseball outside of Cuba. He was considered extremely raw offensively and defensively. And the A’s committed four years and $36 million to him, which looked like an overpay at the time.

But things seem to be working out pretty well.

Cespedes homered and tripled in the A’s 6-1 defeat of the Orioles on Saturday night in Baltimore and is now batting .302/.361/.541 with 14 dingers and 53 RBI through the first 68 games of his major league career. He also made an impressive running catch in center field, covering a ridiculous amount of ground in a short amount of time to rob a would-be double from the O’s Omar Quintanilla.

Cespedes, 26, is already one of the most exciting players in baseball and could get even better as he grows more comfortable. Oakland is 10 games above .500 and currently leading the pack in the AL Wild Card hunt.

  1. thatyankeedude - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    This years playoffs has the potential to be really really amazing

  2. butchhuskey - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    It’s good for baseball when teams like the A’s and Pirates make postseason runs.

  3. cur68 - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    His greatest attribute seems to be on-the-fly adjustments. He’s adapted really quickly to what pitchers have been doing to get him out, and he’s taken his coaching not as criticism but as instruction. No sign of prima donna behaviour and every sign of a + work ethic, too. I wish he was on the Beaver Wrestlers: this kid in the same lineup with Bautista & E5? Well, that would be a wrecking crew.

  4. pisano - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    The Rangers and Angels better take the A’s serious, with their pitching and the sock in the offense, these guys are for real, and they’ll have to be dealt with coming down the stretch.

  5. Earl Westlake - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    This guy really does have one of the more fun swings in baseball to watch. He puts so much into it. Swing kind of reminds me of Canseco or Bo Jackson from that aspect.

  6. dondada10 - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    What’s amazing is that in the first year with two wildcards, the AL East might not get either.

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