When Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit 17 home runs in the first round of the 2013 Home Run Derby, it was clear he was determined to do whatever it takes to finish as this year’s champion. It may have been close in the final round, but thanks to a strong performance–Cespedes was able to take home this year’s crown and be declared the winner.
After Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals hit eight home runs in the final round, Cespedes managed to squeeze by with nine home runs after blasting his final at bat 455 feet to win it. Throughout the night, Cespedes hit some impressive home runs (as did Harper), but with the type of power displayed by the Athletics outfielder, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see him come through as the winner.
Thanks to his hot start, Cespedes had an advantage over the rest of the batters in this year’s contest considering his first-round score of 17 beat the combined score of the other participants. He may not be as consistent as Oakland would like him to be, but Cespedes has shown plenty of potential over his first two seasons with the Athletics as he entered the All Star break with 15 home runs to go along with 43 RBIs and a .225 batting average. Hopefully, Cespedes can carry the momentum from winning this year’s Home Run Derby into the second half of the regular season and help Oakland stay on top of the American League West.