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Yoenis Cespedes AgentOakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes put on an incredible display at the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field on Monday night. Reminding many A’s fans of the Bash Brothers, Cespedes over powered the competition and finally beat out Washington NationalsBryce Harper to win the competition, closing it out with a 455 ft blast. Many of Cespedes’ 17 homers in the round landed Citi Field’s upper deck in left field, territory rarely reached in game action in the park’s four and a half year history.

Because finals berths are determined by combining first- and second-round totals, Cespedes’ first-round performance was enough to advance him to the finals without his even entering the second round. But he made an earnest effort nonetheless, adding six to his total. Harper, who hiteight homers off his father in the second round, also advanced.

Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, a two-time Home Run Derby winner, failed to advance past the first round, as did team captains Robinson Cano and David Wright and Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

Cespedes is considered a five-tool outfielder. He started the 2012 season for the surprising A’s at his usual position of center field, but was moved to left field when veteran center fielder Coco Crisp returned from illness and injury. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus called Céspedes “arguably the best all-around player to come out of Cuba in a generation.”




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