It didn’t take long for Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes to get back into form after coming off the disabled list earlier this year with a strained muscle in his hand. He hit a two-run home run his first game coming off the shelf and the outfielder has been red-hot for fantasy baseball owners ever since.
In the 60 games since returning from the DL, the Cuban defector has bashed a jaw-dropping 12 home runs, including three two-home run games. He has also driven in 35 runs over this stretch and has returned as the main run-producer in the A’s lineup.
Cespedes is only hitting .221 on the year and has struck out 77 times through 72 games. He is extremely aggressive at the plate and will always chase those letter-high fastballs. However, the outfielder’s amazing power numbers (15 HRs, 42 RBIs) have not disappointed and have made his high strikeout totals worth dealing with.
Cespedes is on pace to have over 30 home runs and 85 RBIs this fantasy season. He has proven that he can be a starter in all formats and the sophomore outfielder has truly matured into a superstar fantasy slugger.
The 27-year-old will be worth keeping track of for the remainder of the 2013 season, because his value will only go up heading into 2014. Cespedes has a very bright future in dynasty leagues and has become someone to build a team around for the next several years.