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Friday, May 27, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: YOENIS CESPEDES OUTFIELDER NEW YORK METS

In one of the more shocking developments of this past Hot Stove Season was the absolutely dead market for free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.  Coming off a ridiculously productive two month run with the Mets where Cespedes knocked 17 home runs and actually garnered some NL MVP talk, the list of prospective buyers for the Cuban masher was limited to two:  the Washington Nationals and the Mets.  Ultimately Cespedes took what amounts to a one-year deal with the Mets (on paper it was for three years but with an opt out after Year 1 which he will undoubtedly take), instead of a more lucrative deal with the Nats.  With the 2016 season almost two months in the books, Cespedes has picked up right where he left off with the Mets a year ago as he currently is in the MVP discussion as he leads the National League with 15 home runs, 36 RBI, and a .301 bating average.  While no one ever doubts Cespedes' natural power which is as good as anyone in baseball, the uptick in average continues what we began to see when he landed with the Mets last season and hooked up with hitting coach Kevin Long.  It was Long who dissected Cespedes swing and plate discipline and so far this season, the work has paid off in some key areas.  The first is that Cespedes' BB/9 rate is currently at an all-time best 9.9 percent.  Consider that Cespedes was at a terrible 6.4, 5.4, and 4.9 the three seasons prior.  That has helped boost Cespedes' batting average which was a clear liability during his stint with the Oakland A's and Boston Red Sox.  Cespedes' BABIP is also .301 and flat in neutral territory which means he is not getting any good luck from the average either.  If Cespedes can continue with his improvement there, he is set to have his best overall season with 90-plus runs, RBI, 30-plus home runs, and a good average.  That puts him right in prime outfielder 1 territory despite the fact he doesn't steal bases anymore and hasn't since his rookie campaign.  Either way Cespedes has been a tremendous investment and is showing his work with the Mets last season was legit. 


2 comments:

  1. what's he worth for a pitcher 1 for 1? Someone like Salazar or Lester?

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  2. oh yes easy. IN fact I dont like trading an everyday bat for a starting pitcher straight up. but it has to be an ace coming back.

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