Yoenis Cespedes a worthy trade target 

April, 30, 2014
Yoenis CespedesMichael Zagaris/Getty ImagesNearly half of Yoenis Cespedes' 21 hits have gone for extra bases this season.

Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes returned to the team’s lineup Tuesday after missing four games with a tweaked hamstring, getting one single, two walks and three runs scored in a blowout win over lefty Martin Perez and the Texas Rangers. Cespedes, a seventh-rounder in ESPN average live drafts, remains 100 percent owned in standard leagues and certainly should be, but what kind of player is he? After all, there’s a certain Cuban slugger lighting things up for the Chicago White Sox (Jose Abreu), and there’s constant attention on the lightning rod in right field for the Los Angeles Dodgers (Yasiel Puig). Cespedes was terrific his first year and a bit less so as a sophomore. At age 28, it’s tough to know what fantasy owners will be getting, but he seems almost under the radar.

Through 23 games and just shy of 100 plate appearances, Cespedes has hit for the power we expect, and his walk rate has never been better. These are positives. In fact, the Tuesday free passes give Cespedes 12 on the young season, nearly a third of his entire season total from 2013. Cespedes hasn’t stolen any bases, but if we could get a combination of the power with a strong batting average -- and exhibiting this type of plate discipline would indicate that’s certainly more than a possibility -- we’d all take it. Cespedes hit 23 and 26 home runs his first two seasons, respectively, but lost 52 points of batting average the second year. We’d like that back!