Céspedes brings power, arm to Boston

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Yoenis Céspedes has hit 17 HR this season. Red Sox outfielders have combined to hit 14.The Boston Red Sox added outfielder Yoenis Céspedes to their lineup as they traded pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics.

Let’s take a look at what Céspedes will bring to Fenway Park.


Although he has only had 26 plate appearances, Céspedes has not hit a home run at Fenway Park. However, he should be able to take advantage of the Green Monster as 47 percent of his hits are to left field this season.

Only three players – Brian Dozier (54 percent), Edwin Encarnacion (52 percent) and Albert Pujols (50 percent) - in the American League this season have a higher percentage of hits to the left side of the field than Céspedes.

Yoenis Céspedes vs. Red Sox OF, 2014

He also brings power to a Red Sox outfield that has the worst combined slugging percentage in the majors this season. Céspedes has three more home runs than all Red Sox outfielders combined (903 fewer PA).

Céspedes broke onto the scene in 2012 and hit .292 while sporting a .505 slugging percentage. Since that season, his average has gone down (.240 batting average in 2013; 256 so far this season), but the power is still there.

His 66 home runs since his rookie year is tied for 15th among all American League players (among the 167 qualified batters).


Céspedes brings nearly as many Wins Above Replacement as the top three Red Sox outfielders combined this season.

In fact, only Dustin Pedroia (3.5) has a higher WAR among Red Sox players than the 3.0 that Céspedes brings to Boston.

Highest Wins Above Replacement
Red Sox Outfielders This Season

Céspedes also ranks second among left fielders with 10 defensive runs saved in 2014. Alex Gordon leads the majors with 20 defensive runs saved.

Red Sox left fielders have combined for minus five defensive runs saved (12th in the AL).

In addition, in Jackie Bradley Jr. (12) and Céspedes (12), the Red Sox now have the two players tied for the most outfield assists in baseball this season.