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Yoenis Cespedes In Year Two

With Mike Trout playing some of the best fantasy baseball in the history of the sport, not much spotlight was left for fellow rookie Yoenis Cespedes. The Oakland outfielder came in with a lot of hype after defecting from Cuba, and he was a main cog in the offensive attack for the Athletics as they shocked everyone and made the playoffs.

Many were a bit unsure what exactly to expect from one of the most talented players ever to come from Cuba. He was dominant in other leagues, but MLB clubs are a different type of breed. In his first season, he hit .292 with 23 home runs, 82 RBI and 16 steals. While none of those numbers particularly jump out, collectively that is a pretty solid first season in the league.

Despite being a rookie technically, Cespedes is already 27 years old. His best fantasy baseball days are still ahead of him though. He should be able to avoid being fooled quite as often in 2013, especially now that he has faced most of the pitchers in the league.

Cespedes has amazing speed, but the Athletics are a team that do not really steal all that much. Oakland did let him free enough to pick up 16 steals last year, and that number could go up in 2013.

Overall, the best fantasy baseball prediction for the Cuban would be that he gets slightly better across the board, with possibly a similar average. He is always going to hover around .300 simply because he is a great hitter. If the Athletics get back in the playoffs, he is a major reason why. He has the capability of hitting anywhere in the order, but fantasy owners are hoping he locked down the three or four spot. He has the power to do that if given the chance.


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