So far, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland hasn't exactly turned out as many had expected. He isn't necessarily having a poor season; it's just that his numbers aren't blowing anyone away as people had hoped for before the year began.
Currently hitting .270 with only nine home runs and 35 RBI's, it's mainly injuries to thank for the pedestrian stat line. At the beginning of the year Cespedes was on a pace for over 40 home runs, but that was before pitchers made the appropriate adjustments and Cespedes had to adapt himself.
With about three months left, Cespedes can still salvage the season and continue to make great strides as he looks to the future. Season one was never really supposed to be the year he broke out; it was just something we hoped for as A's fans being used to mediocre offense. If able to stay healthy, he can continue to build upon this rookie season and use the experience to reach that superstar potential in the coming years.
Here's how Yoenis Cespedes figures to produce for the rest of the 2012 season.
Current Stat Line: .270, 9 HR's, 35 RBI's
Predicted July Stat Line: .275, 5 HR's, 11 RBI's
With only 20 games left in July, Cespedes has gotten off to a rough start thus far, seeing his average drop over .10 points since the month began. That could change soon however, because the A's have series against Seattle and Minnesota coming up which should mean a boost in production. Oakland also faces off against AL East teams later in the month, but the rash of injuries to the Yankees rotation combined with Toronto and Baltimore's sub-par pitching staffs should help Cespedes as the month progresses.
Estimated Stat Line: .273, with 14 HR's, and 46 RBI's
Predicted August Stat Line: .280, with 8 HR's, and 17 RBI's
This is the month where I expect Cespedes to put up monster numbers. Only two series are played against teams that have good pitching rotations, the rest are against teams like Cleveland and Kansas City. By this time, Cespedes should be fully adjusted to playing in the Majors, so that level of comfort combined with the sub-par competition should result in a big month for the young Cuban.
Predicted Stat Line Total: .276., 22 HR's, 63 RBI's
Predicted September Stat Line: 272., 6 HR's, 12 RBI's
A little drop off in production here, but by this point Cespedes should be able to hold his own against competition like Los Angeles, New York and Detroit. He will be facing extremely talented pitchers, but this is the moment where Oakland sees exactly the type of player that they invested in. He won't blow anyone away, but he'll prove that he belongs a man the middle of the A's lineup all the way till the end of the season.
Predicted Final Stat Line: .276, 29 HR's, and 78 RBI's
Predicted October Stat Line: .428, 1 HR, and 3 RBI's
Only playing three games in October against Texas, it's not really fair to count October as a full month, but there is one final series that needs to be played. At this point, Texas will have most likely clinched the division, so they might be more inclined to rest certain pitchers. The result could be a massive finish for Cespedes, going out with a bang or two. It may not have been an earth shattering year, but Cespedes should get A's fans excited for the possibilities heading into the future.