After a few months that have featured a whole bunch of speculation regarding how good Yoenis Cespedes could be, major league scouts finally got a chance to actually see him play live baseball last week.
This past Thursday Cespedes made his debut in the Dominican Baseball Winter League. To say that scouts were looking forward to "eagerly observing" is a bit of an understatement.
Cespedes is a player who is none too shy about showcasing his athletic prowess. The problem is that the video that the link will take you to is almost the sum of all the footage of Yoenis Cespedes playing baseball that is readily available.
Cespedes is rumored to be seeking a contract in the $50 million range.
He may end up getting such a deal. But if he does, it's not going to happen until someone has seen him play live in something other than a produced video montage.
No scout is going to put his entire job on the line based on a video that vaguely resembles something you might find on an old "MySpace" account.
If in fact Cespedes looks to be as good as rumored, then he could get a contract in that $50-million range. While that high price will scare some teams off, it won't scare them all off.
It's likely that almost every team had at least one scout in the Dominican Republic last Thursday but which teams are truly serious about pursuing Cespedes? Here's a list of some to keep track of.