OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes opened his Major League career with a flourish, hitting three home runs in his first four games. Then came a series of struggles before hitting another home run on Wednesday, in his 12th game.
"He's always a threat at the plate," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He doesn't get down on himself. He's a tough kid and he's serious about baseball."
Cespedes' roller-coaster beginning is the result of opposing pitchers making adjustments, and then Cespedes making his own adjustments.
"Early on they saw what he could do with a fastball," Melvin said. "Now they are starting to see what he can do with a breaking ball. You can see how much he's learning, how much he is processing."
That includes the English language too, with help from teammate Jemile Weeks and coach Ariel Prieto.
"Every day he seems to have learned a new word or two," Melvin said. "He has more English in his repertoire than I have in Spanish, so he's ahead of me already."