Farrell: Cespedes a 'major addition' to Sox offense

Farrell: Cespedes a 'major addition' to Sox offense
August 26, 2014, 7:15 pm
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TORONTO -- The Red Sox continue to be impressed with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who has knocked in 19 runs in 22 games. Seven of those RBI have been go-ahead RBI, ranking him third in that category since Aug. 1.

"The one thing he's had a knack for is the timeliness to some of his big hits,'' Farrell said. "As we get to see him everyday, you get a better read. In some pivotal moments, he doesn't completely expand the strike zone, he doesn't become over-aggressive and yet there's a calmness about him in those key moments, where he produces.

"His numbers bear it out -- he's been a major addition to our offense since he came over here. He's got very good plate coverage. He's an exceptional low-ball hitter and the power clearly speaks for itself, so it's a really good combination.''

One thing Cespedes does not have, however, is patience. In 22 games since joining the Sox, he's walked just three times.

"We knew that's the profile of Yoenis,'' said Farrell. "What we needed was bats in our lineup who had the ability to drive the baseball with consistency. He may do it a little differently than what we've been known for over time. But when you put him in between David and (Mike Napoli), guys that are going to work long at-bats, there's a little bit of unpredictability there, which I think is a good thing, with guys in our lineup. So, we're certainly not going to suggest changes (in our approach).''