Yoenis Cespedes signs with the Mets – Nine to Know (updated)

by Bill Chuck on January 21, 2016

Cespedes hit .310 off righties and .223 off lefties in 2015
Cespedes hit .310 off righties and .223 off lefties in 2015

Yoenis Cespedes has signed a three-year deal the Mets.

There is no doubt that Cespedes skills could have helped many teams, but he and Roc Nation Sports, Cespedes’ agents, brought him back to the Mets with a deal that will enable him to opt out after one season so we can go through all this again next offseason.

Meet the Met

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 26 OAK 129 540 487 70 142 25 23 82 16 43 102 .292 .356 .505 .861
2013 27 OAK 135 574 529 74 127 21 26 80 7 37 137 .240 .294 .442 .737
2014 ★ 28 TOT 152 645 600 89 156 36 22 100 7 35 128 .260 .301 .450 .751
2014 28 OAK 101 432 399 62 102 26 17 67 3 28 80 .256 .303 .464 .767
2014 28 BOS 51 213 201 27 54 10 5 33 4 7 48 .269 .296 .423 .719
2015 29 TOT 159 676 633 101 184 42 35 105 7 33 141 .291 .328 .542 .870
2015 29 DET 102 427 403 62 118 28 18 61 3 19 87 .293 .323 .506 .829
2015 29 NYM 57 249 230 39 66 14 17 44 4 14 54 .287 .337 .604 .942
4 Yrs 575 2435 2249 334 609 124 106 367 37 148 508 .271 .319 .486 .805
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/21/2016.

Nine to Know – From the Bill Chuck Files: Yoenis Cespedes

  1. Cespedes hit .280 with the bases empty, .301 with men on, .312 with RISP, .284 w/RISP and two outs, he hit .412 with a runner on third and less than two outs driving home 18 runs in 23 PA, he hit .279 in night games and .313 in day games.
  2. Cespedes hit .311 off fastballs last season, slamming 18 of his homers off the pitch. He hit only .237 off sliders whiffing 37 times in 141 PA.
  3. A Cespedes homer usually means a big game for the slugger. Last season, Cespedes homered in 32 different games, hitting 35 homers and driving home 70 runs. In those games he hit .468 and had an OPS of 1.788.
  4. Cespedes took 471 strikes last season, but only 13 called strike threes. Cespedes struck out at least once in 108 games last season, the seventh most in the majors. Chris Davis led MLB whiffing in 123 different games.
  5. In 2015 , Cespedes had a season-best 10-game hitting streak, he had a career-best 15-game streak in 2014. The longest streak of hitless games last season was four games, the longest of his career is five games, also in 2014.
  6. In 19 career PA against Yu Darvish, Cespedes has three hits, three walks, and 11 whiffs.
  7. According to BRef.com, Cespedes has a 15.8 WAR since 2012, 30th best in baseball, situated between Michael Brantley‘s 15.9 and Adrian Gonzalez‘s 15.3.
  8. According to BillJamesonline.com, John Dewan‘s team indicates as a left fielder, Cespedes save nine runs and his arm saved six more. However as a centerfielder, defensively Yoenis cost the Mets four runs.
  9. The indispensable Bill James 2016 Handbook projects Cespedes hitting .272 with 30 homers and 101 RBI and an OPS of .810.

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