Between a torn ACL and a broken wrist, Garin Cecchini has had some serious difficulties finding time to play since he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. In 2012, though, he finally managed to stay healthy, and put together a pretty impressive campaign in Greenville--one good enough to land him the sixth spot on our list of top prospects.
The interesting thing about Garin Cecchini is how different he might be now compared to the player he could end up as. In 2012, Cecchini was a prototypical leadoff hitter. His quick bat provided a .305 batting average, while his advanced (for the level) plate approach once again left him with an OBP just shy of .400. The really surprising part of his game, however, was the 51 stolen bases he managed to pick up in just 57 attempts.
Many would tell you not to bet on those stolen bases lasting in the future. Some portion of them came just by virtue of being too smart of a baserunner for the low-level league, but more importantly Cecchini just isn't going to stay as fast as he is now. Or, at least, he won't if he develops the power most of this same group expect him to.
No, Cecchini isn't a 40-homer monster. Cut that in half, though, and apply strong on-base ability, and you've got yourself a pretty excellent third baseman. His defense has come a fair way since he moved to the position from short, and if it's still a work in progress it's probably not going to be an issue in the long run.
Personally, I wouldn't mind if Cecchini stayed just the way he was right now. Between his arm and present speed, I'd love to have a guy like him in right field in a few years' time. But one can hardly complain if he turns out the way he's projected to. The danger, I would think, would be if his physical development stalls somewhere in between, leaving him with fringe-average speed and fringe-average power. But it's hardly worth anyone's time to play out worst-case scenarios for prospects.
Our list as it stands:
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Jackie Bradley, OF
- Matt Barnes, RHP
- Rubby De La Rosa, RHP
- Allen Webster, RHP
- Garin Cecchini, 3B
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