Latest Update Cespedes homers twice, leaves with thumb injury Thu Jul, 24, 03:31 AM
Excels as a run producer. Is a tremendous athlete who can play great defense in the outfield, with a plus arm. Also boasts a great power/speed package at the dish.
Flaws: : Needs to make more adjustments to big-league pitchers in order to become a consistent threat with the stick, since he lacks patience at the plate.
Cespedes did not stick around to talk to the media after Wednesday's win over the Astros. He appeared to injure his thumb/hand when he jammed his hand into the ground bracing himself after taking a ferocious swing at a pitch in the seventh inning. For now all fantasy owners can do is hope for the best until the team releases more information on Thursday, but seeing as the A's wrap up their home series against the Astros with a day game there is a good chance he could get the day off, if for anything just as a precaution.Analyst: Michael Pichan
Looks like the Home Run Derby did not bother Cespedes swing, at least in the first post-All Star game as he ended his longest hitless streak of his career. For those who are wondering, Cespedes performed much better after his first Home Run Derby title than he did prior to that as he hit 35 points higher with just four less home runs in 85 fewer second half at -bats last year. So, just maybe this is a sign of things to come in the second half for the second-year star.Analyst: Michael PichanMore Experts..
The Cuban Missle became the first to go back-to-back in the Home Run Derby since Ken Griffey Jr. did it back in 1997-98. Cespedes' 62 fence clearing shots this year rank sixth all-time, but it is doubtful that the other six (Ortiz, Griffey Jr., Fielder, Giambi and Sosa) partook in the Derby in such a spacious park as Target field and they definitely did not have to contend with the type of conditions that faced this season's Derby participants as it rained on-and-off all night and the 56 degree temperature at first pitch was the lowest temp. ever for a Home Run Derby. Analyst: Michael Pichan
Cespedes sat out Friday's game due to the sore hamstring, but played in left on Saturday. While he did toss out M's Willie Bloomquist at home plate in the bottom of the 8th inning for his MLB leading 11th assist this season and 30th since 2012, he did go 0-for-4 at the plate and remains hitless in his last 15 at-bats, so playing him at all seems counter productive but with Coco Crisp doubtful for Sunday's game it appears that Melvin feels he is too short-handed not to start his struggling star.rnAnalyst: Michael Pichan