Yoenis Céspedes Milanés, nicknamed La Potencia, is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). Céspedes was born in the small town of Campechuela, in Granma Province, Cuba. Céspedes is the son of Estela Milanés, a softball pitcher who appeared in the 2000 Summer Olympics for Cuba, and Cresencio Céspedes.
He has also played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers. Before joining the Major Leagues, he played in the Cuban National Series and was a member of the Cuba national baseball team. He won the 2013 and 2014 Home Run Derby. While primarily a left fielder in his early career, he has split between left and center field since joining the Mets. Céspedes currently lives in Manhattan, New York. He has a 6-year-old son, Yoenis Jr., in Cuba, whom he hasn’t seen in four years, and is only able to talk to him on the phone. He has tried to get him into the United States. In 2014, Céspedes signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, a sports agency division of Roc Nation. A proud exotic car owner, Céspedes arrived to 2016 Mets Spring Training with a variety of custom sports cars on display.