Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com has a story about Yoelkis Cespedes Maceo, the younger half-brother of Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Yoelkis is only 19 and he’s a lot smaller than Yoenis, but many are saying he’s just as good if not better than his older half-brother. Currently he’s wowing them in Mexico as his Cuban team plays in a tournament of winter league champions. He’ll return to Cuba after that and, at the moment, says he has no plans to leave. Which is what a Cuban player who planned to leave would say just as readily as one who truly didn’t, but that’s another story altogether.
Given the changes in rules with respect to political asylum for Cubans coming to American, where Cuban players can play professionally or not and the salary cap now imposed on international free agents, Yoelkis Cespedes’ professional career will take a different path than did Yoenis’ and will likely bring him less money. But if his talent is on par with his brother’s, we will be seeing him at some point in the future.
KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.
The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.
A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”
Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.