(670 The Score) It hasn’t taken 23-year-old outfielder Yoelqui Cespedes long to make an impression in White Sox camp.
Having joined the White Sox back in January when the international signing period opened, Cespedes is among the 75 players working at the team’s spring training complex in Glendale, Arizona. As part of the process, he’s getting experience against the players expected to be on the Opening Day roster, and his performance has left White Sox assistant general manager/player development Chris Getz impressed.
“We’ve had a little mini-camp going on, and fortunately we’ve been able to get him some exposure with our major league guys – the Garrett Crochets and the (Michael) Kopechs and some of these other guys in live batting practices and just seeing how he goes about his work,” Getz said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Thursday. “I’ve enjoyed watching him. I really have. He’s a determined kid. You can tell he’s on a mission. He’s got a real plan at the plate. He uses the whole field. He’s put together. He’s strong. He’s got a nice presence to him. He’s 23 years old, but he’s also in his first time coming over to the States and being part of the organization. So we want to go about this at the right pace. He’ll certainly let us know how much we can challenge him. We’re not scared to challenge these guys.”
So what lies ahead for Cespedes in the immediate future? It will be proving himself at a yet-to-be-determined minor league level to open the season.
“The hope is to get him to a full-season club, hopefully get him off to a nice start and see where it ends up in 2021,” Getz said.