Yoenis Cespedes
Yoenis Cespedes
34-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets
Out
Injury Opt Out
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In the fall of 2018, Cespedes underwent a pair of heel surgeries with the expectation of returning to the Mets after the All-Star break. Just as he was beginning to start light running, Cespedes fell at his ranch, fracturing his right ankle in multiple places and requiring season-ending surgery. Cespedes has played in just 109 games the past three seasons. He has one year remaining on his contract with the Mets, but his prognosis is unclear. It's a good sign he was able to take batting practice in November, but it's not a guarantee he'll play in 2020, let alone be ready for the spring. The best approach is to monitor reports and if it appears Cespedes will be back, take nothing more than a reserve flier in leagues allowing FAAB or waiver pickups. He's too much of a risk in draft and hold, no matter how enticing. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a restructured one-year, $6 million contract with the Mets in December of 2019.
Opts out of 2020 season
OFNew York Mets
Opt Out
August 2, 2020
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced Sunday that Cespedes is opting out of the 2020 season for concerns related to COVID-19, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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The 34-year-old never showed up to the ballpark for Sunday's game in Atlanta, and he apparently didn't inform the Mets that he was planning to opt out until the game was already underway, according to Tim Healey of Newsday. Cespedes is set to finish the season having appeared in eight games and going 5-for-31 with two home runs and four RBI. The veteran slugger is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2020 season. Dominic Smith seems the likely candidate to take over as the Mets' primary designated hitter.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+70%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+405%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
+40%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .511 49 4 1 3 0 .125 .286 .225
Since 2018vs Right .870 142 19 10 30 3 .280 .317 .553
2020vs Left .167 12 1 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
2020vs Right .844 22 2 2 4 0 .238 .273 .571
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .624 37 3 1 3 0 .167 .324 .300
2018vs Right .875 120 17 8 26 3 .288 .325 .550
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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+20%
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+188%
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+10%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .864 87 11 6 16 1 .278 .345 .519
Since 2018Away .720 104 12 5 17 2 .215 .279 .441
2020Home .856 20 2 2 2 0 .222 .300 .556
2020Away .297 14 1 0 2 0 .077 .143 .154
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .866 67 9 4 14 1 .295 .358 .508
2018Away .788 90 11 5 15 2 .238 .300 .488
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Stat Review
How does Yoenis Cespedes compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.13
 
BB Rate
5.9%
 
K Rate
44.1%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.226
 
AVG
.161
 
OBP
.235
 
SLG
.387
 
OPS
.622
 
wOBA
.275
 
Exit Velocity
78.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.5%
 
Barrels/PA
3.3%
 
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Cespedes changed up his routine last offseason in hopes of avoiding the types of lower-body issues that had limited him in previous years, adding resistance and agility training while cutting back on the weightlifting. It was a good idea in theory, but it didn't work out. Cespedes was on the disabled list with a hip injury by mid-May. He didn't make it back until after the All-Star break, and ultimately Cespedes played in just one game upon activation before he was back on the shelf for good. It was determined that Cespedes was dealing with calcification in both of his heels, and two separate surgeries were required to treat the issue -- the first in August and the second in October. During his brief time on the field, he continued to blister the ball, although he also struck out at an elevated 31.8% clip (21% for career). The Mets are hoping Cespedes can return at some point in the second half.
The injuries to the Mets' pitching staff were most responsible for the team's plight in 2017, but Cespedes' absence from the heart of the order for half the season due to a recurring upper-leg injury certainly didn't go unnoticed. With an .892 OPS over 321 plate appearances, Cespedes looked like his usual self when he was able to take the field, but now entering his age-32 campaign and coming off back-to-back seasons that were interrupted by lower-body issues, it has become increasingly difficult to justify spending an early-round draft pick on the outfielder. Since Cespedes doesn't offer much help in steals, his value is more power-dependent than others at his position likely to come off the board around the same range, putting an even greater onus on him to stay healthy. While Cespedes' upside is clear -- look no further than his 2015 campaign for the four-category excellence he's capable of offering -- the age- and injury-related risk he carries needs to be taken into account.
The Cuban slugger is coming off a pair of outstanding seasons, though 2016 was hampered by a lingering groin injury which eventually required a short visit to the DL in early August. That didn't stop Cespedes from topping the 30-homer mark for the second straight season. He also exhibited more patience, walking nine percent of the time, a new career high. Cespedes' game still revolves around swinging as hard as he can in case he happens to make contact, something he's done at a steady 77-79 percent clip the last three years -- not great but acceptable in today's higher strikeout climate. The only thing keeping Cespedes from elite status is a lack of steals as players that can chip in 10 or so along with pop are more highly sought after. Still, Cespedes is easily a top-40 player so be ready to pony up on draft day.
Core Strength! Cespedes cooked up his numbers to another level in 2015 with an elite fantasy season, finishing ninth overall in offensive value and as the sixth best outfielder. He’s never going to be a patient hitter, but as long as he makes league-average contact and continues to crush the ball, fantasy owners won’t care. He had a career-best .323 BABIP because he also was among the league leaders in hard contact, so a decline in that area could bring his average back down to the league average instead of well above it. He picked the perfect time to have a career year, but ultimately settled for about half of what he was looking for initially in free agency, returning to the Mets on a three-year deal. His contract includes an opt-out after one year, though, so Cespedes should be highly motivated to try to repeat his 2015 campaign. Invest in full.
Cespedes split the 2014 season between Oakland and Boston, playing his final 51 games for the Red Sox. His final numbers indicate what was expected of him -- a middle of the order bat who doesn’t get on base at a great clip. He stayed healthy and had his first 100-RBI season and played 152 games. Defensively, he struggled in Boston while attempting to adjust to playing in front of the Green Monster. With only one year remaining on his contract, Cespedes was traded to the Tigers in December for Rick Porcello. He'll take over as the starting left fielder in Detroit, with the potential to sustain his improved RBI count in the heart of a strong Tigers lineup.
Cespedes continues to be a mix of amazing and frustrating at the same time. He can make plays on both offense and defense that convince scouts and fans than he is on the verge of superstar status, but he hasn't been able to put it all together to this point. Cespedes hit 26 home runs in just 135 games, but his stolen bases dropped into the single digits. Cespedes carried a .240 batting average on the year and put up an average over .240 in only one month of the season, when he closed out the year by hitting .314 in September. Cespedes clearly has a ton of power and natural talent, but he needs to avoid minor injuries -- he has missed over 25 games in each of his first two seasons -- to even approach the lofty expectations set for him. He also needs to learn how to hit while behind in the count, as he was utterly miserable with two strikes on him, slashing .130/.175/.216 in at-bats that reached a two-strike count.
Cespedes was everything the A's hoped for and more after they signed the Cuban defector to a four-year, $36 million deal. Most reports out of spring training indicated he would likely need some seasoning in the minors, but he was in the starting lineup for the A's on Opening Night. He showed a diverse skill set including power and speed (23 homers and 16 steals) as well as showing off an absolute cannon in the outfield. He did have a number of nagging injuries during the year that kept him out of the lineup for approximately 30 games. Cespedes is locked into a middle of the order lineup spot for the A's and with a year under his belt, the sky is the limit for Cespedes as a player entering his second MLB season.
Cespedes defected from Cuba last summer and tied the single-season home run record in the Serie Nacional (Cuba's top league) with 33 in 90 games in 2010-11. He played on Cuba's 2009 World Baseball Classic team. He may be the most high-profile hitter to come out of Cuba in the past few years and is being marketed as a center fielder with power. At age 26 (according to him), he's also younger than most players coming from Cuba or Japan. After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with Oakland in February, Cespedes could be a starter in the outfield for the A's from Day 1.
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Not at ballpark Sunday
OFNew York Mets
Undisclosed
August 2, 2020
Cespedes didn't report to the ballpark for Sunday's game against the Braves and the team has been unable to contact him, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Day off Sunday
OFNew York Mets
August 2, 2020
Cespedes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
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Mashes second homer
OFNew York Mets
July 30, 2020
Cespedes went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox.
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Receives day off Monday
OFNew York Mets
July 27, 2020
Cespedes isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox.
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Homers in return
OFNew York Mets
July 24, 2020
Cespedes went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's win against the Braves.
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