Cedeno has provided good defense and much more in his first 22 games with the Padres. He entered Saturday's game against the Rockies hitting .300 in his first 70 at-bats with the team after signing a Minor League deal with the organization on Aug. 3. He also has two home runs.
"We've seen a little bit of that bat in the past with other Major League clubs," said manager Bud Black. "With less than 100 at-bats, I don't want to get overly excited about what we've seen. But watching him in batting practice, watching him in games, he's shown a little more raw power than I thought."
Cedeno was released by the Astros on July 27 after hitting .220.
"There's some strength to his body and strength to his swing. I don't want to say it's surprising. [Hitting coach Phil Plantier] is encouraged by some of the things they've worked on," Black said.
The 30-year-old Cedeno, now with his sixth organization, has held up his end defensively, too.
"Defensively, he's been fine. … We've seen the good hands and the good arm," said Black. "He has made some nice plays. He's done a nice job."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.