Yoenis Cespedes New York Mets

Age: 35 (October 18, 1985) | 5' 10" | 220lbs. | Bats: Right DH-8 PH-2
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
NYM NL 2016 132 479 72 134 51 108 25 1 31 86 3 1 .280 .354 .530 9 20 .298 37/21/41 25 23
NYM A+ 2017 2 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .143 0.00 14 0 0.00 n/a
NYM NL 2017 81 291 46 85 26 61 17 2 17 42 0 1 .292 .352 .540 8 19 .316 34/16/50 13 13
NYM R 2018 2 8 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .250 .250 .625 0 13 .167 n/a
NYM AA 2018 2 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.00 0 0 .500 n/a
NYM NL 2018 38 141 20 37 13 50 6 0 9 29 3 0 .262 .325 .496 8 32 .333 30/17/53 8 7
NYM NL 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a 0 0
NYM NL 2020 8 31 3 5 2 15 1 0 2 4 0 0 .161 .235 .387 6 44 .214 38/19/44 0 0
Career 9yrs 834 3191 475 870 240 742 173 24 165 528 43 20 .273 .327 .497 7 21 .305 n/a
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A writer at FanGraphs nails this, because mostly he pricks the interleague problem. And offers a Manny Ramirez comp. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/yoenis-cespedes-and-the-mvp-award/

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Sep 11 '15

I was thinking about his closest comp earlier and came up with CC Sabathia 2008 Brewers...he finished 5th in Cy Young and got 1 first place vote.

van wilhoite LVW
Sep 11 '15

Bryce Harper is still the man for MVP in my book. Leads in avg, ob% and is killing everyone in Slug and OPS. He has a huge lead in WAR over number 2 among position players.

With all the injuries the Nationals have had if you take Harper's bat away they are swimming with the fishies(and I don't mean Miami Marlins).

I think Syd does have a legitimate argument but I think Harper's play is a better one.

I believe Alderson for GM of the year has a good shot of happening being able to get who they got without dipping into their young nucleus.

van wilhoite LVW
Sep 10 '15

I agree that Cespedes has been amazing during his 157 ABs with the Amazin' Mets.  His numbers with the Mets (.312-.357-.675 with 14 HRs) are eerily similar to the numbers that Dusty Rhodes put up in part-time duty with the NY Giants in 1954 (.341-.410-.695 with 15 HRs in 164 ABs). 

In the 1954 MVP race, Dusty Rhodes got a single vote and finished 26th. By the way, the Giants won the NL pennant that year by 5 games over the Dodgers. That's about comparable to the Mets' lead over the Nats. 

Another comparison to Cespedes is Bob "Hurricane" Hazle who came up with the 1957 Milwaukee Braves after playing 92 games in Wichita. With the Braves, Hazle also put up stats like Cespedes (.403-.477-.649 with 7 HRs in 134 ABs). The Braves won the NL pennant by 8 games. And no one voted for Hazle on their MVP ballot.

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Sep 10 '15

"Take Cespedes off of the Mets and they are as mediocre as the rest of the NL East..."

You're ignoring that as well as the trade for Cespedes ... the Mets also brought up Michael Conforto (.908 OPS, 149 OPS+) and got back from injury D'Arnaud (923 OPS, 152 OPS+), and Wright (.789 OPS, 120 OPS+) ... not to mention acquiring Kelly Johnson (.759 OPS, 109 OPS+ as a Met)

Yeah - the Mets have been a much more potent offense since August 1 - but it's very short-sighted to ignore the contributions from those other guys who were missing most of 2015 from the Mets lineup.  Without them ... Cespedes would be having a helluva stint for a team that was still as mediocre as the rest of the NL East.


Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Sep 10 '15

It still is a season-long award, right?  As great as Cespedes has been in his brief time with the Mets, even if you did narrow down the candidates to players on play-off teams, I'd vote for McCutchen or Rizzo first.  Where would the Bucos or Cubs be without them for the whole season?  If you throw pitchers in the mix, Greinke, Arrieta, Kershaw, Cole?

Rob Christensen BigBalboni
Sep 10 '15
1st 10 games with Mets.....262/,279/.333 0 HR in 42 ABs.  Since.......330/.388/.792 13 HR in 106 AB.
van wilhoite LVW
Sep 8 '15

After today he's slugging .669 for the Mets. And the Mets have a 5-game lead over the Nationals.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 7 '15

Home run No. 9 for the Metropolitans in a losing cause.

He's given them what they were looking for: today's season-long slash stats (.290/.326/.524 in 131 AB) almost exactly in line with his slash stats for Detroit. Even the G/L/F (44/20/36) is the same.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 2 '15

Biggest trade deadline ever?  Grantland.com says yes... Interesting stuff.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2015-mlb-trade-deadline-historic-quality-and-quantity-of-deals/

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Aug 10 '15