When Yoenis Cespedes signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the A's this offseason, he brought more than just his game to Oakland, he brought huge expectations. From day one the A's made it clear that Cespedes was going to be a major part of their team this season, immediately thrusting Cespedes into the middle of their lineup. Further confirming his importance to the team's future, the A's asked Coco Crisp to shift over to left field so Cespedes can take over in center.
As of now, Cespedes is living up to the A's expectations. He isn't dominating, but the A's didn't expect that of him right out of the gate. Thus far, it's Cespedes' greatest attribute, his power, that's making waves around the league. It's that attribute after all that lured the A's in, a facet of baseball that Oakland has lacked for some time now.
You'd be hard pressed to find a veteran let alone a rookie who has the raw physical attributes that Cespedes does. One way or the other, it's ultimately that talent that will determine whether or not Cespedes pushes for the American Rookie of the Year award. If everything comes together, Cespedes will have numbers that will make it extremely difficult for voters not to punch his name in their ballot.
Here are five reasons why Yoenis Cespedes can win the American League Rookie of the Year award.