Brian Cashman still won’t say much about sudden sensation Yoenis Cespedes, but it’s clear that the hype surrounding the Cuban center fielder goes beyond internet hysteria. George King today named the Yankees executives who have seen Cespedes workout, and it’s an impressive list of the team’s elite player development gurus. I heard yesterday that international scouting director Donny Rowland has seen far more of Cespedes than anyone else in the Yankees organization, and I suppose that comes as no surprise. Clearly the team is paying close attention.
Today Cashman emphasized the fact that this happens to be a time when there’s a heavy emphasis on several players currently in the Dominican. Cespedes has most of the hype, but he doesn’t have all of the attention.
“Te describe what just took place in the Dominican over the last 10 days, there were a number of players in the marketplace down there, and a number of showcases,” Cashman said today. “MLB had one. The individual (agents) had one. Our scouts had their own individual workouts. It was busy in the Dominican for everybody in the game the past 10 days, not just for the player getting a lot of notoriety. Where that takes us, I don’t know.”
Cashman wouldn’t comment specifically on Cespedes aside from stating the obvious: “They’re certainly putting themselves out there to be evaluated.” Today, Kevin Goldstein did another piece on the viral video and the ensuing hype.
“We had an army of scouts down there because there was a large population of players that were presented for viewing,” Cashman said. “We had a number of scouts go in there to evaluate over a nine or 10 day period, a lot of different showcases, not just him… In fairness to the other clubs, (they did the) same thing.”