Cespedes will get paid, but can he hit? 

December, 2, 2011
Yoennis CespedesAP Photo/Ismael Francisco/Prensa LatinaCuban free agent outfielder Yoennis Cespedes is in for a big payday.

The fact is, if a guy has never faced big league pitching, it’s hard to say he’s your classic “five-tool player." It’s probably one of the most overused and misused labels scouts place on young players. Why?

Of the five baseball “tools” for position players -- power, speed, defense, arm strength and hitting for average -- it is that last tool that often eludes young hitters. Until they show they can hit consistently and get on base in the major leagues against major league pitching, to me they are all just four-tool players. That’s where Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes is right now, and that’s the problem.