The Oakland Athletics have been hoping to get Yoenis Cespedes back to his 2012 form, or better. 2013 was disappointing, watching him struggle for most of the year. He ended up hitting for only a .240 average. He gave the fans and everyone else hope when he began to do a lot better in September and broke out in the postseason. In the offseason, he gave everyone hope yet again when he said he had been working on his swing and changing his approach in order to make more contact.
Well so far it hasn’t been showing. He isn’t getting results and isn’t looking too hot. So far in his 28 at bats, he has a .143 average, with as many hits as he does strikeouts, 5. That’s not very encouraging at all. He can’t even fall back on being an outstanding defender because he hasn’t been to great out there in the outfield. With Spring Training about halfway through, many wonder if Cespedes will find his way back to the old version of himself in time for opening night.
Here’s what will end up happening. Cespedes will get off to a slow start in April. He won’t be outstanding, and he may upset a lot of fans, myself included, but I do think his overall performance in 2014 will be better than that of his 2013 one. He may not reach full form early on, but he will improve either way. He will contribute more, and all he will need is a chain of a few games where he breaks out and he can reach his full potential. All we can do now is speculate, and wait and see what happens with the beloved Yoenis Cespedes.