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Yoelkis Cespedes Wants To Be Known By His First Name

The New York Mets outfield slugger Yoenis Cespedes made his presence known in major league baseball in 2012 when he debuted with the Oakland A’s. Now that was five years ago and at that time his little brother Yoelkis Cespedes was only 14 years old. But fast forward five years and big brother is one of the top hitters in the game and little Cespedes is about to take on the world.

The younger Cespedes, who at only 19 years old, has come on to the baseball scene more so on the back of his big brothers name, but now he has the opportunity to show that he too will garner his own attention and build his own name in the game.

In 2016, while playing for Alazanes de Granma in the Cuban professional league, Yoelkis batted .297, with 58 runs scored, 15 doubles, nine triples, six home runs, 45 RBI’s in 90 games.

With all the comparisons to his older brother, Yoelkis shared with Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com this past February, “Everybody asks for Céspedes’ little brother, and I don’t want to be known that way. I want to be known by my first name, and I’m working on that. I want people to ask for Yoelkis, not for Céspedes’ sibling.”

The younger Cespedes is starring with Team Cuba in this years World Baseball Classic and after two games the squad is 1-1 in Pool play. So far in two games in the opening round he is batting .500 (4 for 8), with two runs scored, a double, and an RBI.

The one thing that seems to be true is that after the Classic is over, the younger Cespedes will indeed be known as “Yoelkis, the new Cuban Phenom”.


David Conde
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