Stat Line of the Night — 7/15/2013 — Yoenis Cespedes
With a .225 batting average, 15 home runs and 43 RBIs, Yoenis Cespedes‘ numbers at the plate were not enough to earn him a spot on the American League All-Star roster, but his sporadic displays of power at certain points throughout his short career were enough to earn him a place in the home run derby as a captain’s choice for the A.L., and he made the most of that opportunity last night in front of a packed house at Citi Field in New York.
The Oakland Athletics’ left-fielder did most of his damage during the opening round of the competition, as he smacked 17 home runs in his first plate appearance of the evening. That first round total was more than any other contestant hit during the first two rounds combined, meaning Cespedes easily booked himself a spot in the finals against the Nationals’ Bryce Harper.
After watching Harper hit eight home runs of his own during the final round, Cespedes stepped up to the plate and needed just five of his ten outs to hit nine homers and claim the 2013 Home Run Derby title. In all, the 27-year-old from Cuba would hit 32 home runs, which is tied for the third-most home runs hit in the history of the derby (and he still had five outs to spare!).
Cespedes entered the derby with zero homers in his last 19 games, and just two homers in his last 31 games, but he didn’t seem to have a problem hitting dingers last night, as he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, July 15, 2013.