Sleeper Report: Rookies
Yoenis Cespedes – OF A’s
Though not technically a rookie, the 26-year-old Cuban All Star will make his big league debut as an Oakland Athletic after signing a 4-year, $36 million contract. Cespedes is one of the most hyped players to come out of Cuba in a generation.
In the 2010-2011 season he batted .333 with 33 home runs, 99 RBI’s, 89 runs and 11 stolen bases in 90 games.
He has good power and good speed, but isn’t a pure hitter by any means. He is very susceptible to chasing pitches out of the zone and will rack up many K’s, but his good bat speed turns some of those bad pitches into hits.
Cespedes is a gamble at any point before the 9th round, but he could have tremendous payoff if he plays to his full potential.