In his first 5 MLB games, Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes has shown his potential as a power guy for your Fantasy Baseball team. As of Tuesday, Cespedes is leading the Athletics with 3 home runs and 7 RBI. Very impressive for a rookie, to say the least.
Now the question for Fantasy owners, is can he keep it up all season? I say yes he can, but fully expect several slumps along the way.
I took Cespedes in the 20th round of my ten team league. I had made a note to myself to draft Cespedes, but honestly forgot about him, until I saw his name atop the overall draft board. I did hesitate slightly before hitting the Draft button. I was debating whether or not I could count on Cespedes to be my fourth and final starting outfielder, and obviously I decided I could.
Now, I do anticipate Cespedes to slow down as the season progresses, as there’s no doubt opposing teams will learn, and exploit his faults at the plate. Owners should be ready to sit him for stretches throughout the year.
So what kind of numbers should Fantasy owners realistically expect from Cespedes this season? I think he can definitely hit 25-30 home runs, with 75-85 RBI. As far as anything else? His average so far is .250, where he figures to hover all season long. I wouldn’t count on anything more than power numbers from Cespedes, any other production is just a bonus.
Of course on the other side of the coin, could be a massive drop off for the 26 year old from Granma, Cuba, but I doubt it. Worst case scenario he gives you 20 home runs and 60 RBI, with regular plate appearances this season.
After 5 games, all you can say for sure about Cespedes, is that you can see what he’s capable of. The guy seems to have the makings of a big league slugger.
At the end of the day, was Yoenis Cespedes a risk for me in the 20th round? No. Taking him there is safe and you just have to hope he’s the real deal all season. So far he seems to be, but how much of a deal, remains to be seen.