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Yoelqui Cespedes

Born: 09/24/1997 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9" Weight: 205
Primary Position: CF
Short, stocky frame, strength visible throughout but especially in upper body. Possesses more athleticism than might be expected given that description.
Evaluator Ben Spanier
Report Date 08/31/2021
Dates Seen several while at High-A
Affiliate Birmingham Barons (AA, White Sox)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
late 2022 Medium 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Open stance, closes in conjunction with moderate leg kick. Fairly quiet but uses steep, aggressive, power-oriented swing that is designed to hit mistakes and pitches middle-in. Can get very pull-oriented and is vulnerable against decent breaking stuff down and away, doesn't always get to good velocity up.
Power 60 Isn't yet getting to it with regularity in-game, but it's a beautiful power-hitter's cut and when he zones a pitch he cans send it a long way. Will also hit his share of doubles into the gap. Above-average bat speed, good hip rotation, and plenty of upper body strength.
Baserunning/Speed 60 Plus runner who is aggressive, will take the extra base, stretch extra base hits, and grab a few steals.
Glove 60 Very smooth. Gets good jumps and runs clean routes, hardly ever has to rush to make up for mistakes.
Arm 55 Strong arm and throws get good carry, but don't really pop.

I see C├ęspedes as someone who, even with hit tool concerns, can be an average regular with a profile built on power, defense, and speed. Has more value as a center fielder but should be able to handle all three spots.

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