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40 in 40: Carp & Cecchini

Playing catch-up here so I'll try to do two-a-days until we catch up.................Next up the sub who many think could be a starter and a young third-baseman with an eye for hitting.

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Carp, Mike - #37

Position: 1B/OF

Bats: Left, Throws: Right

Age: 27

Size: 6'2", 210 lbs

Acquired: Purchased from the Mariners in Feb 2013

Contract: $1,400,000 (FA-2017)

Comments: Mike Carp came over during last year's off-seasons as an after-thought acquisition from the Mariners. In what looks like a coup for Cherington, Carp proceeded to post a 139 wRC+ across 249 PAs which was good for a 1.2 WAR. Carp has shown the ability to hit in his past as a minor leaguer and at age 27 it's not hard to see why teams with gaps at 1B are scouting the versatile player in ST. Without a set position with the Sox, Carp could be used to gather up a nice future piece if the right deal came along. He is likely due some regression thanks to his 0.385 BABIP last year, but still looks to be an above average hitter (Career 117 wRC+)

Facts/Notes:

  • Carp was originally drafted by the Mets in the 9th round of the 2004 draft.
  • in 2001 Carp clubbed 31 HR between AAA and the Mariners (his 21 HR across 286 PAs in AAA Tacoma was good for a 0.307 ISO)
  • Carp's Twitter is @CarpusMaximus20

Season Outlook: Carp looks to be a positive for the club in some way, either as the top lefty bat off the bench filling time at 1B/DH/OF or as a potential trade chip bringing back another piece in the team's goal to build a young vibrant roster. The Sox will likely hold out for a solid return since they really have no impetus to trade Carp.

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Cecchini, Garin - #70

Position: 3B

Bats: Left, Throws: Right

Age: 22

Size: 6'2", 200 lbs

Acquired: Drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 draft

Contract: $490,000 (League Minimum Pro-rated)

Comments: Cecchini has moved up the Sox prospect list very quickly since signing in 2010. He's the atypical prospect with high on-base ability but limited power for a corner infielder. Cecchini owns a career minor league OBP of 0.417 which shows that he has a keen batting eye and plate patience. Scouts have been split on his potential ability as a pro, but this year he has been listed in numerous Top 100 lists and while his power many never develop past a 15 HR type of player, his on-base skills should lead him to at least a career as a ML regular. Some think that he may need to move off of 3B to the OF.

Facts/Notes:

  • Cechini's brother Gavin is a minor leaguer in the Mets system.
  • Cecchini stole 51 bases and was only caught 6 times for Single-A Greenville in 2012.
  • Last year across A+/AA Cecchini walked 96 times to only 86 SOs.

Season Outlook: At only 22 years of age and with time a peak of only AA ball, Cecchini probably needs at least another minor league season to be ML ready, but his time is coming very soon (2015?) and he should offer the club a potential top of the order/lead-off bat to plug into either 3B or the OF assuming he continues his development track.

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