Wednesday, February 25, 2015

24 Feb 2015: Frederich Cepeda hits home-run in Japan's Spring Training game reports that "Frederich Cepeda started in left and batted fifth. He hit a three-run home run in the 5th."

Google Translate:
First combat Sepeda players three-run of the merge to camp on the 20th.

[2/24/2015] Spring Camp Games from February 24


25 Feb 2015

The Yomiuri Shinbum

NAHA — Frederich Cepeda has taken little time to show he was ready to fight for a place in the Yomiuri Giants’ crowded outfield.

Four days after joining up with the Central League champions in spring training, the muscular Cuban has his first home run of the preseason, a three-run shot in a practice game Tuesday against the SK Wyverns of the South Korean league.

Batting left-handed, the switch-hitting Cepeda belted a low fastball in the fifth inning over the left centerfield fence, part of an offensive outburst in a 13-7 victory.

“I’m glad I was able to do something good,” Cepeda said.

The 34-year-old Cepeda joined the Giants in midseason last year under high expectations, having batted .449 with six home runs and 23 RBIs for Cuba in the past three World Baseball Classics.

But he never really made the adjustment to the Japanese game after making his debut in May, and batted .194 with six home runs in 52 games.

There are signs that this season will be different. After returning home, he played well in the Cuban league, then won the MVP award in helping his Cuba team win the Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico.

The Yomiuri Shinbum
Yomiuri’s Frederich Cepeda rounds the bases after hitting a home run on Tuesday.


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