Mar 7, 2015; Sarasota, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini (70) against the Baltimore Orioles at a spring training baseball game at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Garin Cecchini‘s stock has plummeted this season after being considered one of the top-10 prospects in the organization a year ago. His offense seems to have abandoned him, as he has hit a meager .210/.287/.294 in 107 games for Pawtucket this season.
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The 24-year old infielder has spent only 2 games on the Red Sox roster this season, going hitless with three strikeouts in four trips to the plate. However, he does have a strong track record in previous years and had modest success in his first taste of big league action last year, hitting .258/.361/.452 with a homer and 3 doubles in 11 games.
It’s been a nightmare season for Cecchini, but he did show some progress by hitting .293 in July, before falling back into a slump this month. Perhaps spending some time in the majors would allow the Red Sox coaching staff to get a closer look at his approach at the plate to see if they can figure out where he has gotten off track. It’s not too late to fix his swing and salvage his career. If nothing else, he at least provides the team with some added depth in the infield, as he capable of playing both first or third.
Long term there doesn’t seem to be much of a future for Cecchini in Boston. Pablo Sandoval has third base locked down for the foreseeable future and 18-year old Rafael Devers is a quickly rising to the top of the Red Sox’ prospect list, making him a likely candidate to take over the hot corner by the time Sandoval’s contract expires or he can be moved to another position. Calling Cecchini up next month would be an opportunity to work with him in hopes of restoring some trade value for the once highly touted prospect.
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