By: Matt McGrath
Cecchini, the Red Sox 4th round pick in 2010, is the top selection from that draft who has still yet to make his professional debut. He signed with the Sox at the deadline for a $1.3M bonus. Cecchini tore his ACL during his senior year in high school, an injury that likely slipped his stock out from the first round. Following his junior year, Cecchini was a cornerstone of the U18 national team that won the Pan-Am Championships along with Royals’ shortstop Manny Machado. Cecchini is slated to begin with short-season Lowell. Cecchini has actually seen extensive time throughout the infield in his amateur career, but it is believed the Sox will start his out at third base due to his size and physical projectability at 6’3 and 215 lb.
Cecchini has an advanced approach at the plate that will help his development greatly. He has a terrific swing, good mechanics at the plate and while he doesn’t possess a lot of present power, his expected physical development, along with his great plate approach projects him as an above average power hitter down the line. Cecchini is likely to follow a similar path to that of current Portland third baseman Will Middlebrooks; both were above slot draftees and raw athletic high school third basemen. Cecchini, obviously like any prospect, is likely to progress through the system at his own pace, but with his upside, the Sox are likely to be cautious with promotions, and it is unlikely that he sees a promotion to Greenville before the end of Lowell’s season. Regardless, Cecchini is considered one of the gems of an exceptional 2010 draft, and despite not having made his debut yet, many prospect fanatics are already projecting great things from Cecchini as a ballplayer.