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Yasmany Tomas finally looking like a $68 million man

By Christopher Gaine
Apr 17, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (22) congratulates left fielder Yasmany Tomas (24) after Tomas hit a solo home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (22) congratulates left fielder Yasmany Tomas (24) after Tomas hit a solo home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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It’s only taken over a year, but Yasmany Tomas is finally looking like he’s worth his $68 million contract.

Tomas went 7-for-14 this series– including a 3-for-4 day yesterday with two home runs and three RBI. This was his best game of the season, and probably the best game of his big-league career. It was his first multi-homer game in the majors.

In ten games this season, he’s batting .297/.341/.909 with two home runs and seven RBI. This is far better than the .273/.305/.707 line he put up last season.

This has been a very encouraging sign from Tomas. It’s still early, but he definitely has the potential to keep this up. There’s a reason why the team gave Tomas the same amount of money the White Sox gave Jose Abreu– and nearly twice what the Athletics gave Yoenis Cespedes.

In 272 games for Industriales– who are essentially the Yankees of Cuban baseball– Tomas batted .275/.308/.415 with 39 homers and 151 RBI. Tomas developed a power stroke late in his Cuban career, hitting 37 homers in his final 215 games. Tomas is just 25, so he has the potential to develop more power as his career goes on. He showed yesterday that we could see some more pop out of him.

The Diamondbacks will need Tomas to play to the level of his salary– especially in the extended absence of A.J. Pollock. Tomas disappointed last year while Pollock flourished, so a solid season from Tomas could offset Pollock’s injury to some degree. If the Diamondbacks want to stay in the mix until Pollock maybe hopefully comes back later this season, Tomas will need to hit like this for the entire season.

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