With 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.
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.