Yoenis Cespedes homered 32 times last night. He won the Home Run Derby, and put on a show for everyone in Citi Field, and everyone watching ESPN. He hit great, mashing eight more homers than Bryce Haprer, who finished second in the Derby. But, how does Cespedes compare to previous Derby winners? Let's take a look at the stats.
Past 10 Home Run Derby Winners:
2013: Yoenis Cespedes --- 32 HR
2012: Prince Fielder --- 30 HR
2011: Robinson Cano --- 32 HR
2010: David Ortiz --- 32 HR
2009: Prince Fielder --- 23 HR
2008: Justin Morneau --- 22 HR (2nd Place: Josh Hamilton --- 35 HR)
2007: Vladimir Guerrero --- 17 HR
2006: Ryan Howard --- 23 HR
2005: Bobby Abreu --- 41 HR
2004: Miguel Tejada --- 27 HR
You can see the home run totals spike over the past ten years. Cespedes' 32 last night is tied for second most among the winners since 2004. So, if you think Cespedes put on a show last night, you can truly see how much of a show he put on. I think we all enjoyed his night, and I think this stat makes it even more impressive.
Of the other players to hit 32 homers and win, Cespedes seems to have the least power of them. Ortiz and Cano have more "established" power, considering that Cespedes is only in his second year in the MLB. I think this event may show what Cespedes is destined to do throughout his entire Major League career.
We'll have to wait and see on what Cespedes is able to do once he hits his prime. This may be the start of something. If you take a look at the past five derby winners, let's see how many homers they hit in for the rest of the year following their derby wins.
2012: Fielder --- 15 HR
2011: Cano --- 13 HR
2010: Ortiz --- 14 HR
2009: Fielder --- 24 HR
2008: Morneau --- 9 HR
Based on history, Cespedes could have a monstrous second half, or will most likely finish solid in terms of homer totals. With 15 home runs already, Cespedes will probably finish with around 30 bombs. But, we finally know to what level Cespedes' power is. That's what will make him for fun to watch when the second half comes.