Garin Cecchini is a name to remember, to say the least. Cecchini was the Red Sox 4th round draft pick in 2010 out of Barbe High School in Louisiana. He ended up getting a $1,310,000 signing bonus and started off 2011 in Lowell, the Red Sox short season A ball team. He did nothing but impress for them, hitting .298/.398/.500 with 3 HR, 12 doubles, and a triple in 32 games for the Spinners. His season was cut short when he fractured his wrist after getting hit by a pitch, his second big injury in the last 3 years. He was expected to be a first round draft pick out of high school before tearing his ACL during his senior year. Needless to say, the Red Sox have to be thrilled that a talent like Cecchini was available in the 4th round and they were glad to take a gamble on him.
Cecchini got off to a rough start this year, going 3/27 before picking things up pretty quickly. Most notably, last night he hit a walk off double that plated two runs with two outs in the inning. Right now he’s hitting .301/.367/.434, good for a .800 OPS. He has one home run, 13 doubles, and a triple in 34 games for the Greenville Drive. The power isn’t there quite yet, but he’s expected to start hitting for more power once he bulks up a bit and works on getting around on balls more consistently.