Player: Yoenis Cespedes
Born: October 18, 1985; Campechuela, Granma, Cuba
Position: Left Field
Drafted: Signed as an amateur free agent in 2012 by OAK
- 71 home runs in 3 seasons with OAK/BOS
- Led AL outfielders in assists (16)
- Placed 10th in AL MVP voting in 2012 (Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown season)
- 2013 Home Run Derby champion
- 2014 AL All-Star
Yoenis Cespedes has really made some eyes open wide and some jaws drop with his flash since making it to the show in 2012 with the Oakland Athletics. He earned himself quite the reputation of having a lot of pop in not only his bat, but his arm as well. In three seasons, Cespedes has hit 71 home runs, 262 RBI’s, and produced a slash line of .263/.316/.464. He also has showcased his hose from the outfield, piling up the assists and saving runs. His defense is widely regarded as unconventional but nonetheless effective. Cespedes has already played in two postseasons as well, both with Oakland in 2012 and 2013. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2014 for pitcher Jon Lester, only to be again dealt in December to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for starting pitcher Rick Porcello.
Yoenis Cespedes will have a big role and impact for the Tigers on the upcoming 2015 season. He joins a lineup that already includes the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez. He will more than likely hit 5th in the lineup that, when healthy, will give many opposing pitchers nightmares. Cespedes’ presence brings a lot of positives. Not only does he provide more authoritative protection for Victor, but also takes less pressure off of J.D., who will look to replicate his outstanding breakout 2014 season. Cespedes will no doubt make a statement in an outfield that desperately needed some defensive improvement. He will take the reigns in left field, allowing J.D. Martinez to slide over to right field. In a contract season for Yoenis Cespedes, it should be exciting for everyone. Tigers fans will get to see his exciting play both at the dish and in the outfield. If Cespedes can first and foremost stay healthy, hit somewhere around 20 homers and knock in around 80 runs, and hit around a .275 average, I will call that a successful season for the Cuban sensation.