Yoenis Cespedes LF/DH DET 5 days ago

Cespedes almost precisely duplicated Wednesday's hitting performance on Thursday against Houston, as he went 3-for-3 with two singles, a double, a stolen base and two runs scored for the second consecutive day. This time, though, he walked twice.

It was almost like Cespedes really liked Wednesday's line against the Brewers -- exactly the same as Thursday's, but with only one walk and a 1-for-2 day on the basepaths -- so he just refined it a little. The combined 6-for-6 has lifted his average 27 points, up to an even .300 for the season. This sudden commitment to stealing bases has to be very intriguing to Cespedes owners, especially combined with the fact that he's hitting about as well as he ever has.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/DH DET 6 days ago

Cespedes went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, a stolen base and two runs in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee. He was also caught stealing.

Interestingly, he successfully stole third (and then came home on Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado's throwing error), but was caught in an attempt to thieve second. Cespedes now has collected three-hit efforts in three of his last five starts, but with an 0-for-9 spell sandwiched in the middle. He's been a bit more active on the basepaths lately -- both of his stolen bases and both times he's been thrown out have come in that same five-start span. Cespedes swiped 16 bags as a rookie in 2012, but hasn't cracked double digits since. Of course, he's also never equaled that year's .292 average and .861 OPS.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/DH DET 1 week ago

Cespedes is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers.

It's not clear if Cespedes is simply getting a day off, or if he is being held out due to the thumb injury he suffered Saturday, but he will not start Monday night. Rajai Davis will get the start in left field in Cespedes' place.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/DH DET 1 week ago

Cespedes (thumb) is in the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.

Cespedes hurt his hand while making a catch late in Saturday's game, but the Tigers never seemed to view it as anything overly serious. He'll return to his usual post in left field and bat fifth in Sunday's lineup.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/DH DET 1 week ago

Cespedes bent his thumb back attempting to make a catch in the 10th inning of Saturday's game, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.

Cespedes was spotted tying his shoes after the game for what that's worth, but his status moving forward is unclear. The issue likely isn't serious, but it's something worth monitoring over the next day or two to ensure nothing more comes of the issue.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and three RBI in the 10-4 win over the Cardinals.

Cespedes hasn't really gotten going from a power standpoint thus far this season, but this three RBI performance will do for now. It's nice to see this breakout as Cespedes was in a 5-for-35 stretch the past nine games. He now has five home runs and 22 RBI on the season.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/DH DET 3 weeks ago

Cespedes went 2-for-4 in Saturday's win over Kansas City. He has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games.

That consistency is music to owners in head-to-head formats, but his slash line of .302/.320/.542 makes him a great activation in standard formats, too. He is striking out once every four at bats, though, so these numbers are likely to cool a bit before too long.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/DH DET 1 month ago

Cespedes crushed a double to the deepest part of Target Field in the fourth inning Tuesday and hit hit the 411 mark on the wall to the left of center. It drove in his team-leading 17th RBI of the season.

He was 1-for-3 with one strikeout, and now sits with a .570 slugging percentage and .895 OPS out of the six hole in the lineup. His average is unlikely to stay above .300, but that's just fine if he continues to deliver that power.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/DH DET 1 month ago

Cespedes went 2-for-3 with one RBI in a 13-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night.

He has taken opposing pitchers out to the woodshed and spanked them this season -- his slash line is a beefy .322/.328/.593 which puts his OPS over .900. And he has three HR and a team-leading 13 RBI. These numbers were well above expectation, so he could be a classic sell high if he keeps this up for much longer.

Yoenis Cespedes LF/DH DET 1 month ago

Cespedes delivered his first major league grand slam and added a two-run homer in Sunday's 9-1 rout of the White Sox. He now has three homers and 10 RBI on the season.

Both homers came with two out and were off Jose Quintana, who Cespedes has absolutely owned (6-for-8 with four HR) in his short career. The reigning, two-time MLB All-Star home-run derby champ pounded the first one 394 ft. to deep left center and drove the second to deep left. He's been just as advertised for the Tigers -- he has power to spare. His slugging percentage has only been over .500 once in his career and that was as a rookie. But that could certainly change this year.