Youth continues to prevail on the Boston Red Sox roster as the club announced late last night that another rookie was on his way from Pawtucket to Fenway Park for today’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Third baseman Garin Cecchini was recalled from the team’s Triple-A affiliate and will be in uniform for his first major league game this afternoon.
To create a spot for Cecchini on the 25-man roster, the team returned reliever Alex Wilson to Pawtucket.
While his defense needs a bit more polish, Cecchini has rapidly ascended in the Red Sox farm system as a hitter. He has hit .278 with a home run and 21 RBIs for Pawtucket this season.
The move may be only temporary as newly re-acquired free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is expected to join the club in Cleveland tomorrow.
The team optioned Daniel Nava to Pawtucket before yesterday’s game, maintaining Wilson as a 13th pitcher on the roster.
Cecchini told reporters during spring training:
I know what my dream is, and that’s to win multiple World Series with the Red Sox. I’m going to help the Red Sox win a World Series this year. That’s one of my goals. That’s the only goal to tell you the truth. Because at the end of the day that’s all that matters. I just want to help this team win a World Series.
A left-handed hitter, Cecchini was a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft. He has hit .307 in four seasons on the Red Sox farm.