The Cuban center fielder, who signed a four-year contract with the A's as a hot-prospect international free agent, started Saturday's Spring Training game against the Cincinnati Reds in the second spot in the lineup. Odds are good that he'll soon be moving down in the order, particularly after his performance today.
Cespedes had two hits in four innings: he walked on six pitches in the bottom of the first, hit an RBI single in the second inning and blasted a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Our dear friend Bay Area Sports Guy provides us with a video of the homer.
An OPS of 3.500 is certainly a great way to make a solid Spring Training debut. Cespedes was spelled by Collin Cowgill in the fifth inning, but he certainly made about as good a first impression as any Oakland fan could have hoped.
The A's went on to win the game, 6-3. Their Spring Training record, coincidentally, now also stands at 6-3.
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