When the Boston Red Sox signed Pablo Sandoval to a five-year $95 million deal, Red Sox nation was relieved that the third base spot would be filled for the next few seasons.
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The deal, however, effects third base prospect Garin Cecchini the most, as he looked to compete for a job at the hot corner in the near future. Despite being blocked at the big league level, Cecchini is trying to say positive.
“Well, I mean, honestly, when I first heard that they signed him, I was happy because I get to work with someone who was a World Series champion, an MVP,” Cecchini told MLB.com. “I know how good a player he is and I can learn all aspects of the game from him and obviously you see how good he is. It’s only a plus that I can learn from someone like that.”
Highly-touted in the Minor Leagues, there has been a considerable amount of hype surrounding Cecchini in recent seasons. A lifetime .298 hitter in the farm system, Cecchini got his first taste of the show last season, going eight-for-31 with three walks and a home run.
Even though scouts have high hopes for the Louisiana native, he is apathetic to where he is ranked on prospect lists.
“I don’t really think about that,” said Cecchini. “I’ve always been told that good players don’t get blocked from the Major Leagues. I’ve always believed that. I feel like I’m a good player and I feel like I can help the Red Sox win, so any way I can help them win, I’m capable of doing it. You just wait for your opportunity and produce at Triple-A and have patience.”
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Last year for the Paw Sox, Cecchini experimented by playing left field while Will Middlebrooks was on a rehab assignment. Manager Kevin Boles said that the organization tried to create versatility in the organization to try to help out the big league club so that players have a way to make the team.
Despite what Boles made clear last season, Cecchini has not been getting much work in the outfield this season.
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“They told me to strictly work at third base until told otherwise,” Cecchini said. “That’s what I’m going to do and I’m excited about the opportunity to get to show what I can do at Triple-A. It’s going to be good.”