Yoenis Cespedes showing signs of life 

July, 30, 2013

It’s been two weeks since Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes delivered an impressive, winning show at the Home Run Derby at Citi Field, and finally he’s hit a blast in a game that counts. More are forthcoming. Is it a Derby jinx or just one of those fluke injuries that trip players up all the time? I say it’s the latter, but whatever the case, Cespedes certainly seems back on track and with a mere few days before Friday’s trade deadline in ESPN standard leagues, it’s time to remember how good this guy was in 2012.

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Scott Rovak/USA TODAY SportsYoenis Cespedes put on a show in the Home Run Derby, and he's trying to get into a similar groove as August approaches.

Cespedes homered, singled and tripled Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, knocking in three runs. The day before against the Los Angeles Angels, he doubled twice and knocked in four. Don’t wait to act. Cespedes entered Sunday cold at the plate and dealing with a sore left wrist that he claims had nothing to do with his performance at the Derby. He’s raised his season batting average from .220 to .232 in two days, and while his drafters might remain disappointed in his overall production after being an overall top-50 player, it’s hardly too late for the current No. 50 outfielder on the Player Rater to make a run back to that level of relevancy. Even he seems to notice it.