Mar 29, 2015; Clearwater, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
#2: What is the Cespedes difference?
We’ve talked about the impact that Yoenis Cespedes will have on the lineup and you can see it paying off in the early going, but we are also seeing the difference in the field as well. Cespedes has been knocked for a lack of range, but his speed and arm certainly make up for this short-coming.
We mentioned in our previous slide about Nick Castellanos making some nice stops to prevent Cleveland from getting back into the game on Sunday. Cespedes also had a nice play to prevent runs in the same game.
He rifled in a ball that seemed destined for a double off Carlos Santana back into the infield so quickly that Santana had to stay at first base. That helped a struggling Lobstein, and gave him a shot to get out of the inning with no damage because an ensuing double pushed Santana only to third and prevented him from crossing home.
Of course Ryan Raburn laced a single that brought home two, but Cespedes did all he could do to prevent those runs from scoring.
Let’s not forget the marvelous catch he made to bring back a homer on Opening Day, which saved a run and helped to keep that scoreless inning run to start the season.
As the season progresses and the Tigers’ bats return from the stratosphere, they will rely on their defensive stars more and more. That is when fans will really appreciate what Yoenis brings.
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