Cespedes shows bat speed and patience 

March, 12, 2012

My first look at Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics came in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals, although he was the DH so I have yet to witness the cannon of legend. You can see the upside pretty clearly just at the plate, but I could also see why other teams were skeptical about his ability to come right to the majors.

Cespedes is a big kid -- if you can call a player listed at 26 years old a kid -- with intense bat speed that he uses to try to pull every pitch he sees. He really collapses his back side when he swings and rolls over his front foot, so while there is indisputable plus power there, he's going to swing-and-miss a lot. But the pleasant surprise of the day was how patient Cespedes was, laying off a number of pitches just outside the zone that I expected him to chase.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer