During his tenure with the Oakland Athletics, Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes was an extremely streaky fantasy baseball player. He won the 2013 Home Run Derby, but he shockingly amassed only 11 long balls after the All-Star break last season. Cespedes won the HR Derby again this year, but was on his way to having a rather mediocre finish to the 2014 season. Cespedes was seriously a hit-or-miss week after week in Oak-town. He was a must-start week after week due to his power potential, but more often than not he disappointed fantasy fans across the board.
Since heading over to the Boston Red Sox in the giant trade deadline deal last month, the outfielder has been tearing the cover off the ball. In 30 games with his new team, he has shockingly smacked 12 extra base hits (6 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 HRs). He has also drove in 24 runs and posted a .288 batting average during his brief stint in Beantown. These are absolutely All-Star fantasy numbers, especially considering the negative stigma surrounding the veteran around the fantasy world.
Cespedes has finally started living up to some of that hype and the slugger is primed to finish the 2014 season in style. Cespedes has played like an OF1 since the move to Boston and will be continue to be one of the best sticks to rely on throughout the fantasy baseball playoffs.