It may be only March 11, but New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is already in mid-season MVP form after hitting another home run on Friday.
Cespedes is hitting a cool .524 with four home runs which is tied for the most in the majors this spring. Of course, it is just spring training baseball, nonetheless Cespedes is hitting everything hard as he works toward a personal goal of winning the 2017 National League MVP award.
“That’s what I want,” Cespedes told Dan Martin and Joel Sherman of the New York Post. “The first thing is to stay healthy, but these are things that I’ve always thought about. It’s any ballplayer’s dream.”
To help him get to his goal, Cespedes showed up early to Mets camp in Port St. Lucie to workout with strength and conditioning adviser Mike Barwis. He focused on his legs because he didn’t want to deal with the same quad issue that hampered him much of the 2016 season.
Cespedes isn’t the only one that thinks he can win the MVP, “[assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler] and I have said all along that he has the potential to be an MVP,” Kevin Long said to the Post. “He has agreed. He knows how talented and good he is.”
Since coming to the Mets in a 2015 deadline day trade, Cespedes has hit .282/.348/.554 with 39 doubles, five triples, 48 home runs and 130 RBI in 189 games. This past season Cespedes finished eighth in the NL MVP voting despite playing in only 132 games.
“I have said all along that he has the potential to be an MVP,” hitting coach Kevin Long said on Thursday. “He knows how talented and good he is. It is hard not to be excited about Cespedes,”