What Pros Wear: Yoenis Cespedes (Bat, Glove, Cleats, Batting Gloves, Sunglasses, Guards, Bat Grip)
Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO302 Pattern in Camel/Dark Green With the A’s, Cespedes wore the neon glove below, but since joining the Red Sox, he’s switched over to a light tan/camel/cream (whatever you wanna call it) glove he was breaking in earlier in the year, two photos down.
No good shots of it with the Sox, but it matches nicely with the Monster he’s defending. That one is a custom, and we think its a Pro Preferred. Though you can’t configure a Pro Preferred PRO302 like Yo’s, you can get a Heart of the Hide exactly like his with Rawlings custom glove tool (we did the work for you). Note: You can now get a lower tier of Rawlings glove, the Gamer, in a very similar colorway to Cespedes’ neon. Check it out here.
Chandler DTM7C Maple 34.5/32-32.5
Yo most famously swung a Chandler during the 2013 HR Derby in which he beat Bryce Harper, who was also swinging Chandler. The DTM7C is a custom cut for Yoenis that you can get a great look at in the feature gallery. Shop Chandler bats here. Something to keep an eye on, Marucci has a little birdie in the Red Sox clubhouse. You can see in the photo below that Yoenis already has some Marucci lumber (with his name on it) to rake with and he looks like he’s getting the hard sell by company man, Señor Papi.
NIKEiD Huarache Pro Mid in Sox Colors One benefit of the recent move to the Sox other than a terrifying middle of the order (Pedroia-Ortiz-Yoenis-Napoli-Craig) is that Cespedes’ gear has been that a couple pieces of Cespedes’ repertoire that were once custom are now available to all. His cleats are one example, which you can see in the feature photo. Get ‘em at the link above, but I wouldn’t be surprised if, as more time passes, he gets some custom stuff in.
Oakley Fast Jacket XL in Custom Colors (Hasn’t worn sunglasses with the Sox so no update) Cespedes Oakley sunglasses are exclusive, with Jade Iridium lenses, green ear socks, and a silver “Switchlock,” but you can build your own pair on Oakley’s custom builder.
Cutters Prime Command in Navy/White and White/White Cespedes’ Cutters are the other item that went from custom to stock with the Oakland-Boston mega-deal, and that’s good news for us. You can get them both at the link above (which is the MLB.com shop).
PROHITTER Cespedes is one of hundreds of Big Leaguers that wears one of these to prevent the hitter from “choking” the bat (holding it too deep in your hands and not in your fingers). They’re available just like Yo’s.
Evoshield Leg Guard Evoshield A155 Wrist Guards (w/o armor) Haven’t actually seen the leg guard yet but he’d been wearing it for a long time with the A’s so I’ll reserve pulling it from his profile just yet. A new edition courtesy of Evoshield, however, is the A155 wrist compression that you can see in the photo below.
He’s always taped his wrists, but this is the first time I can remember seeing the Evoshield solution. Notice that he doesn’t use the actual armor that is included with the A155. That’s because he is just using it to reinforce the tape beneath those guards. Maybe his wrists are bothering him and he’s looking for more support. Custom Benik Baserunning Wrist/Finger Guards Cespedes has a very peculiar setup, including an oven-mitt-style guard (Brett Gardner wears one like it), which is custom. You can see it above. Not really sure what he likes about it. Would love to hear some input.
The fastest growing piece of equipment in the game? Lizard Skins are officially everywhere. Yoenis’ can be seen here.