Friday, July 19, 2013
Will Boston use Cecchini as trade chip?
By Joe Kaiser
Double-A third baseman Garin Cecchini is a name Boston Red Sox fans have become familiar with in recent years, but now that he's getting closer to the majors Cecchini's greatest value may be that of a trade chip.
Marc Hulet mentions this today at MLBTradeRumors.com. "The presence of top prospect Xander Bogaerts means that the club can comfortably move third base prospect Garin Cecchini or shortstop Deven Marrero, should the right deal come along, because Bogaerts could probably handle either position at the big league level. Cecchini swings a mean stick but he lacks the prototypical power that teams look for from the hot corner."
Indeed, Cecchini has done nothing but hit in his three minor league seasons, which helped move him all the way up to No. 21 on Keith Law's updated list of the Top 50 MLB prospects.
Keith LawCecchini does one thing very well
"Cecchini has just one plus tool, but it's the most important one for a position player; he can hit, showing an impressive, innate ability to barrel up the ball throughout 2013 now that he's regained the strength he lost after a July 2011 wrist fracture. He hasn't been running as often this year after rolling his ankle in mid-May, but his base stealing was less about speed than about instincts, as he's become one of the best readers of pitchers' deliveries in the minors."