Garin Cecchini Confident In His Ability

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Signing former San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval to five year deal worth $95 million, the Boston Red Sox locked up the hot corner for the next few years. Backing up Sandoval will be utility man Brock Holt, who has shown off all kinds of versatility by playing everywhere except for pitcher and catcher. Left out of the picture for now is prospect Garin Cecchini and although there is not a spot for him on the big league club, he is happy that Boston signed the Kung Fu Panda.
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garin cecchini“I take it as a positive for my career,” Cecchini told The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham last week in Fort Myers. “I get to hang out with a great player like Sandoval and work with him in spring training. That has to help me.”

“It’s easy to say, ‘Where is my spot?’ But I can’t worry about that. You have to create your own opportunity.”

Last year, Cecchini added to his versatility by taking reps in left field for the Paw Sox, impressing manager Kevin Boles. Making the most of his big league opportunity last season, Cheech went 8-for-31 in 11 games for Boston, drawing three walks with a homer in his tenure.
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“Now that I’ve had a little success in the big leagues, I have confidence in my ability and know what I can do. I know I can help the Red Sox win. I understand Pablo is in front of me, but I hope I can do something to help.”

Headed into the 2015 season, Cecchini will resume his role as the Paw Sox starting third baseman and likely will still be making an occasional appearance in the outfield. He got hot late last year, hitting .333 with a .413 OBP in August and is on the Red Sox 40-man roster. If he is able to carry some of that momentum over into this season, nothing but good things will happen.
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Should Garin Cecchini Man The Hot Corner In 2015?

cheechWith inconsistency at third base, the Boston Red Sox may want to explore some other options at the position. Combining the struggles of Will Middlebrooks all throughout the year due to injury and Brock Holt in the second half, there is no one definite answer. Perhaps signing Pablo Sandoval may do Boston some good, but he is appealing to a number of teams and is by no means cheap.

A top prospect in the organization, perhaps Garin Cecchini could help fill the void at third. Certainly, he is an option. In 11 games for Boston, he clipped .258/.361/.452 with three doubles and a home run.
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He looked comfortable at third, committing just one error in his big league tenure while providing versatility with his ability to play the outfield.

A major plus for Cecchini comes from his splits. Sure he struggles against left-handed pitching, but he can hit righties without a problem. Slashing .272/.356/.376 during his tenure in Pawtucket while facing north paws, he made it clear he is ready for the next level on that side of the plate in conjunction with the fact that he hit .333 in 96 at-bats for the Paw Sox in August.
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When it comes to Cecchini’s game, it may appear as though he lacks power however, this is not the case. Sure he may not be a David Ortiz who smashes 30 bombs with ease, but he provides the right amount.

Standing tall at 6 ft. 3 and weighing in at 220 lbs, he managed to pop eight home runs between Boston and Pawtucket while adding 24 doubles and a triple. He is the type of guy who very well could hit double digit home runs (12-15), providing his team with serious gap power.
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The only reason why Cecchini would not be an option in the big leagues is a lack of experience. Amassing just 407 at-bats in Pawtucket, some may consider that rushing him to the top level. Instead, perhaps, he should see upwards of 750 at-bats in AAA before he is brought into such a high-pressure environment.

Also, maybe the .356 OBP versus right-handed pitching is not high enough. Maybe he needs a .400 OBP with a .900 OPS before earns his right to be there.
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Cecchini, who was considered a first round talent back in 2010, fell to the fourth round because he tore his ACL as a senior in high school. That is why he did not start his pro career until 2011. His brother Gavin was a first round pick by the New York Mets in 2012.