Yoelkis Cespedes Planning Showcase In Hopes Of Signing With MLB Club

Cuban Outfield Prospect Is The Younger Brother Of Mets’ Yoenis

Brandon Contes
February 19, 2020 - 4:24 pm

As Yoenis Cespedes works to get on the field for the New York Mets, his younger, half-brother Yoelkis is working to land with a Major League Baseball organization.

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According to MLB.com, the 22-year old Yoelkis Cespedes is planning showcases next month in Florida and Arizona. Dates haven’t been set because the Cuban outfield prospect remains ineligible to sign with a major-league club until he’s declared a free agent.

Scouts view Yoelkis as a five-tool player with above-average tools across the board, according to MLB.com. Cespedes played for Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and defected from the national team last June. Throughout the winter, he’s been working out and training with his older brother Yoenis in the Bahamas.

Outfielder Yoelkis Cespedes #16 of Cuba high fives with his teammates after scoring a run in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Tokyo, Japan – Mar. 8
Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Yoelkis hit .250 in the 2017 WBC, when he was more known for speed, defense and being a line drive hitter. But in the last six months, the younger Cespedes worked on increasing his power by adding 20 pounds and altering his swing to look more like his brother’s. Yoelkis stands 5’ 9” weighing 205 pounds, compared to the 5’ 10”, 220 pound Yoenis.

Yoenis played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, defecting two years later and landing with the Oakland Athletics. A two-time All-Star, Yoenis has 163 career home runs, a number that should be higher if he was able to stay on the field more consistently. Since making it to the majors in 2012, Yoenis has played more than 135 games just twice in his career.