Healthy Cespedes making huge impact

Healthy Cespedes making huge impact

Healthy Cespedes making huge impact
OAKLAND -- It may be impossible to top the rookie season that the Angels' Mike Trout is having, but with the way he's hit recently, A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has done everything he can to put himself in the limelight.

After going 4-for-5 in Friday night's game against the Yankees and hitting a homer in Saturday night's win, Cespedes has hit in a career-high nine straight games.

Over that stretch, which began in the final game before the All-Star break against the Mariners, the rookie has collected 19 hits in 33 at-bats, adding up to a .576 average, and has knocked four home runs. It's the hottest Cespedes has been all season long.

Kept out of the lineup for several different periods this year because of different injuries, Cespedes appears fully healthy, and it's carried over to the plate. He's also growing "more and more comfortable" every day in left field, according to A's manager Bob Melvin.

Everything is coming together for the Cuba native, and the impact on Oakland's lineup has been noticeable.

"The recent streak's been pretty sensational," Melvin said. "He's hitting the ball up the middle, he's hitting the ball the other way. You can see he's a very confident hitter, and he's just getting better and better based on he's seeing teams for the second time and he has a better sense of how teams are trying to pitch him."