Yoenis Céspedes Milanés was originally signed as an international free agent on March 3, 2012 by the Oakland Athletics.... Spent eight seasons (2003-10) playing for Granma in Cuba's Serie Nacional...Finished his career with 177 home runs and a .565 slugging percentage...Established residency in the Dominican Republic following the 2010-11 Serie Nacional season... Played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic...Batted .458 (11-24) with two home runs and five RBI in six games....His mother, Estela, was a pitcher for Cuba at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia....Enjoys fishing, golfing and spending time on his farm.
Acquired by the Mets on July 31 from Detroit in exchange for minor league RHPs Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa...Hit .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 102 games with the Tigers...Became the 11th Cuban-born player to play for the Mets....Hit a career-high 35 home runs (tied for 13th in the majors), 22 home runs after the All-Star break (tied for fifth in the majors) and 17 home runs after August 1 (tied for the sixth-most in the majors)....Was third in the majors with 83 extra-base hits, was tied for sixth in the majors with a career-high 42 doubles and was ninth in the majors with a career-high 105 RBI...Led the majors with a .623 road slugging percentage... Hit .287 (66-230) with 39 runs scored, 14 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs and 44 RBI in 57 games for the Mets....Had 57 multi-hit games, tied for fourth-most in the majors...21 of those 57 were as a Met...Batted .301 (31-103) in September with seven doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 21 RBI and 19 runs scored...His nine home runs in September were tied for fourth in the majors while his 21 RBI were eighth-most in the majors....Was the NL Player of the Week for September 7-13...Hit .345 (10-29) with four home runs and led the majors with 12 RBI....Is the first Cuban-born player with back-toback 100 RBI seasons since Rafael Palmeiro in 2002-03... Is the second player since 1920 to switch teams mid-season and record at least 15 home runs and 40 RBI within his first 40 games playing for his new squad...Hank Sauer was the first (15 home runs and 47 RBI in his first 40 games with the Cubs in 1949)...Information courtesy of Elias....Hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning on September 9 at Washington (5-3 win)... Went 5-for-6 with three home runs, including a grand slam, seven RBI and five runs scored on August 21 at Colorado...The five hits, three home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored all were career-highs...His seven RBI were tied for third-most in a single game in franchise history...His 15 total bases were the second-most in a single game in franchise history... Tied the franchise record and was the third Mets player to homer three times in a game in 2015...Became the third player in history to hit grand slams in both leagues in a single season...Became the first player in major league history to record at least five hits in a game with three home runs including a grand slam... Also became the second Mets player in team history to record five hits, five runs and five RBI in a single game, joining Edgardo Alfonzo who was 6-for-6 vs. Houston on August 30, 1999...Also became the fourth Cuban-born player to hit three home runs in a single game...Information courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau... Went 3-5 with three doubles on August 3 at Miami...Three doubles in a single game tied a franchise record (28th time)...Reached safely in 16 straight games from August 12-29...Hit .297 (22-74) with three doubles, eight home runs and 18 RBI...Set a career-high with 23 RBI in the month of August...His previous high was 22 set in August, 2014 with Boston...Was 3-for-5 with three extra-base hits on September 7 at Washington...Was his third game with three or more extra-base hits with the Mets...Became the fifth player in team history to have three such games in season... Others were Darryl Strawberry (1987), Carlos Beltran (2006), David Wright (2008) and Lucas Duda (2015).
Homered twice and drove in four runs in five games during the NLDS vs. Los Angeles...Batted .286 (4-14) during the NLCS vs. Chicago with a double and three RBI...Started all five games of the World Series vs. Kansas City.
Opened the 2014 season with the Oakland Athletics before being acquired by the Boston Red Sox along with a 2015 competitive balance draft pick in exchange for Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes and cash considerations on July 31...Selected to the American League All-star squad for the first time in his career...Won the State Farm Home run Derby for the second consecutive year...Established career highs with 156 hits, 36 doubles, six triples, 100 RBI, 64 extra-base hits and 270 total bases...Finished the season ranked ninth in the American League with a .338 (25x74) batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs -- hit .545 (6x11) with the bases loaded...Led the major leagues with 15 game-tying or go-ahead RBI in the 7th inning-or-later and 16 outfield assists...Established a career-high with five RBI on May 18 at Cleveland, May 31 versus Los Angeles and July 23 versus Houston -- tied for first in the American League with three games with five-or-more RBI...Matched a career-high with two home runs on June 4 at New York's Yankee stadium -- also hit two home runs on July 23 versus Houston...Compiled a career-high 16-game hitting streak June 14-July 2 -- batted .328 (21x64) with three doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI during the streak...Batted .324 (35x108) with six doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games during June -- tied for 10th in the American League with 18 RBI during the month...Scored a run in seven straight games from August 9-16...Drove in a run in five straight games from August 22-26...Matched a career-high with four hits on September 5 versus Toronto, including his second career walk-off hit with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning...Batted .299 (28x141) with five doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 17 RBI against lefthanded pitchers...hit .279 (128x459) with 31 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs and 83 RBI with righties on the mound...Posted a .252 (72x286) batting average at home...batted .268 (84x314) on the road...Hit .246 (87x353) with 53 runs scored, 21 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 90 games prior to the All-Star break...batted .279 (69x247) with 15 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 44 RBI in 62 games following the break.
Batted .240 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 135 games in his second season in the majors…the home runs were a career high but his batting average dropped 52 points from his .292 in 2012…joins Bob Johnson (1933-34) as the only players in Athletics history to hit 20 home runs in each of their first two seasons…joins Johnson and Al Simmons (1924-25) as the only players with 80 or more RBI in each of their first two years…led the A's in triples (4)…hit .237 or lower in each of his first five months of the season…then batted .314 in September…had a .280 (45-for-161) batting average with 11 home runs against left-handed pitching compared to .223 (82-for-368) with 15 home runs against right-handers…slugged .516 against lefties, .410 against righties…tied for fourth in the American League in home runs against lefties…drew 20 of his 37 walks against lefties for a .364 on-base percentage, compared to .262 against righties…hit .225 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI in 79 games before the All-Star Break…then batted .261 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 56 games after the break…his career numbers are .240 (121-for-505) before the break, .290 (148-for-511) after the break…started all five games against Detroit in the ALDS and hit safely in each contest…went 8-for-21 (.381) with a team-leading four RBI…has now hit safely and started in left field in each of the A's 10 postseason games over the last two years (14-for-40, .350)…that is the longest ALDS hitting streak in Oakland history and the third longest hitting streak in Athletics postseason history…hit .214 against a pitcher the first time he saw him in a game, .274 after that…batted .193 with two outs, including .188 with runners in scoring position and two outs…hit .215 on the road, which was second lowest in the AL (Bautista, TOR .213)…had a .188 average in the seventh inning or later, which also was second lowest in the AL (Wells, NYY .181)…made 133 starts, including 91 in left field, 26 at designated hitter and 16 in center field…had 10 assists, which tied for sixth among AL outfielders…has 19 assists over the last two seasons, including 15 as a left fielder, which is third most among AL left fielders over that span…the A's were 83-50 (.624) with him in the starting lineup, 13-16 (.448) when he didn't start…in his two seasons, the A's are 165-96 (.632) with him in the lineup, 25-38 (.397) without…the A's went 18-5 (.783) in games in which he homered and are 34-12 (.739) in his career…made a team-leading 72 starts batting clean-up…also hit third 35 times, fifth 25 times and sixth once.
OAKLAND: Was the A's Opening Day starter in left field April 1 against Seattle, the A's 14th different Opening Day starter in left field in the last 14 years…was batting .200 with three home runs and seven RBI in 11 games when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 13 with a strained muscle in his left hand…it was his second career stint on the DL as he was out from May 7-31, 2012 with a muscle strain in his left hand…went 3 for 9 (.333) with a home run and four RBI on a three-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento…was reinstated April 28 and went 11-for-38 (.289) with three home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in his first nine games following his return…went 1-for-8 with his first career four-strikeout game in the A's 19-inning contest against Los Angeles (AL) April 29…had his first career four-RBI game April 30 against Los Angeles (AL)…matched that mark June 21 at Seattle and July 28 against Los Angeles (AL)…was hit by a pitch twice May 1 against Los Angeles (AL) to tie an Oakland record…had a career-high 0-for-16 streak from May 8-12 and went 3-for-34 (.088) with no walks over a nine-game stretch from May 8-17…that dropped his average to .196 but he would go on to hit safely in a career-high 12 consecutive games from May 18 to 30…went 15 for 50 (.300) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine RBI during the streak…was caught stealing June 1 against Chicago (AL), his fifth caught stealing against just two stolen bases to start the season…was successful in five of his final seven attempts…had the first two two-homer games of his career June 4 at Milwaukee and June 6 at Chicago (AL)…became the first Athletic with two multi-homer games over a three-game stretch since John Jaha did it in back-to-back games June 19-20, 1999 at Detroit…was batting .245 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI in 48 games through June 6…then hit .185 with two home runs and eight RBI over a 36-game stretch from June 7 to July 27…both of the home runs over that span were hit June 21 at Seattle, his third career two-homer game…went 0 for 4 June 29 against St. Louis to snap a 12-game interleague hitting streak dating back to 2012 (15 for 50, .300)…the streak tied for the third longest interleague hitting streak in Oakland history.…had his second career two-steal game July 12 against Boston…the other was also against the Red Sox (Sept. 1, 2012)…won the Home Run Derby at Citi Field July 15…hit 32 home runs at an average of 405 feet…hit 17 in the first round, six in the second and nine in the finals to defeat Bryce Harper…the 32 home runs tied for third most in a single Derby and 17 in the first round tied for third most in a single round…is the second Athletic to win the Derby (Mark McGwire, 1992) and the first non All-Star…missed the first four games after the break after being scratched from the starting lineup July 19 with soreness in his left wrist…went 2-for-15 (.133) over his first five games following the break but then had back-to-back three hit games July 28 against Los Angeles (AL) and July 29 against Toronto…had seven RBI in those two games…homered in the eighth inning on the 29th against the Blue Jays to snap a career-high 25-game homerless streak…then hit .216 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 25 games in August…the batting average was the lowest single month average of his career…had a .226 batting average overall at the end of August…then hit .314 with six home runs, 19 RBI and 11 multiple hit games in 22 games in September…tied for third in the AL in RBI in September and tied for fourth in home runs…the RBI matched his most ever in a month…now has 13 home runs and 38 RBI in his career in September, his best figures for any month…hit safely in eight consecutive games from Sept. 5-13 and was 13-for 32 (.406) with two home runs, 12 RBI and five multiple hit games over that span…drove in a run in each of the final seven games over that stretch, which was the longest streak by an Athletic since Frank Thomas had a seven-game streak from Sept. 4-11, 2006…homered in three straight games for the second time in his career, Sept. 18-21 (also March 29-April 7, 2012)…tripled and homered in Game 1 of the ALDS against Detroit to join Rickey Henderson (1989 World Series Game 4) as the only two players in Athletics history with a triple and a home run in a postseason game.