Yoelkis Céspedes

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Yoelkis Céspedes Maceo

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 187 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Yoelkis Céspedes has played in Cuba. He is the half-brother of Yoenis Céspedes.

Yoelkis debuted with the Alazanes de Granma in 2015-2016, hitting .257/.304/.311 as a backup corner outfielder. He made big strides in 2016-2017, producing at a .297/.362/.460 clip with 9 triples and 58 runs in 90 games. Splitting time between right and center, he fielded .973 and had 10 outfield assists. He was 4th in the Serie Nacional in runs (between Jeferson Delgado and Yorbis Borroto), led in triples (3 ahead of Víctor Mesa Jr.), tied Yurien Vizcaino for 7th in total bases (144), tied for third in caught stealing (9, against only 6 SB), was second in hit-by-pitch (17, two behind Dennis Laza), was second in strikeouts (51, 5 behind Vizcaino) and 6th in bases per hit (1.55). In the last game of the finals, he hit the game-tying single off José Angel García in the 7th to score Eliecer Griñan. The 19-year-old had helped Granma to its first title, something they had not accomplished in the time his half-brother had starred for the team.

Céspedes played well in the 2017 Caribbean Series, hitting .313/.313/.375 and making a highlight reel catch-and-throw double play. He drew attention from the US media during the Series, which compared him to his half-brother. Yoelkis said the two were in touch and that Yoennis often gave him feedback on his play. After the Series, he was named to the Cuban national team for the 2017 World Baseball Classic; debuting for Cuba at age 19, he edged out his brother, who was 21 when he appeared in the 2007 Pan American Games. He was also Cuba's youngest player, almost a year younger than Raidel Martinez, the next-youngest. He hit .250/.250/.313 as Cuba's starter in left.