According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Phillies sent one of their top scouts to the Red Sox Yankees game yesterday and they were likely looking at prospect Garin Cecchini, among others. The Phillies sending out their scout further intensifies the Cole Hamels speculation as both the Red Sox and the Yankees have been in trade discussions for Hamels in the past year.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) March 11, 2015
Charlie Manuel (former manager and current assistant to GM Ruben Amaro) believes Garin Cecchini is a rising start and rightly so. He’s been doing quite well in Spring Training this year but he struggled at AAA last season. He was ranked by MLB.com as the #57 prospect in baseball before the 2014 campaign and #51 by BaseballProspectus.com. And rightly so. Between Salem and Portland in 2013, he put up a .322/.443/.471 triple slash with 7 home runs, 33 doubles, and 7 triples. The potential is there, that’s for sure.