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    Cecchini named Carolina League POTW

    Salem Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini was named the Carolina League Player of the Week on Monday for the period of April 22nd through 28th.

    Bostonís top prospect at the hot corner, Cecchini has been on fire at the plate after going hitless in the first two games of the season.

    Last week Garin hit safely in all six games that the team played, rattling off five straight two-hit games, including a two triple affair on Saturday. He also drove in 7 runs, scored 10 times and stole a base in his only attempt.

    On the year he has a league high .373 batting average and 4 triples. Of Cecchiniís 28 hits, 12 have been for extra bases and he has stolen 8 bags.

    More impressively, he has walked (13) more times than he has struck out (12) and he maintains a .466 on-base percentage to go with his 1.106 OPS, which is topped only by teammate Sean Coyle who has a league high 1.159 OPS.

    Cecchini was the Red Sox's 2012 Minor League Base Runner of the Year after swiping 51 bases in 2012 and has been named a New York-Penn (2011) and South Atlantic League (2012) All-Stars in his first two professional seasons. This is his first Player of the Week honor.
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    #underrated.

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    Extremely intrigued by this kid... Hopefully he adds a little more power because I almost like the idea of him at 3B more than WMB long term.

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    The Sox have a ton of quality 3rd base potential with WMB, Boegarts and Cecchini. Luckily no one is locked in at 1B for 5 more years.
    Perfection.

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    Been saying it for a while when everybody was including him in their random trade offers, I wouldn't trade this kid.

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    If he has even 15 HR power it's gonna be hard for him to not be an allstar. He would produce enough for any position (potentially not 1B but that remains to be seen). I think he'd make a very good corner OF if he never becomes a good fielding 3B.

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    Power is the last tool to develop plus he is racking up the XBH (12 in 75 AB) so I'm not worried about it coming along as he progresses. So far during his 3 ML seasons he owns a .312/.403/.469 line. Even if he never does profile as your typical "power hitting 3B", he will be a very valuable player.

    During his first 3 ML seasons this is what his BB% and K% look like:

    2011: 12.8 BB%, 14.3 K%
    2012: 11.6 BB%, 17.1 K%
    2013: 14.8 BB%, 13.6 K%

    Safe to say, this kid knows what he's doing at the plate. Those % are Mauer-esque.

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    A day off could not cool off Garin Cecchini... Drilled a two-out double down the left-field line against a lefty in the first inning...
    Still raking.

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    3B Garin Cecchini with two identical ABs. Went with FBs away, poked doubles down LF line--then stole 3rd. Like it. #redsox
    Another one. He's en fuego.

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    He just hit a HR. He's 3-3 with 2 doubles and a HR.

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    3-4, 2 2b, hr, 2 sb

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    Very nice.

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    Cecchini's line this year after today's game .392/.478/.709

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    Although, I haven't posted in this thread much or much at all lately, I have to say this is my favorite thread.

    If Cecchini keeps it up, when do you think he gets promoted to Portland? I think one thing that Cecchini may need to work on (just by taking a quick glance at stats) is his defense. 7 errors in 20 games and an .833 fielding percentage.

    Brandon Jacobs is off to a slow start it seems...

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    Quote Originally Posted by goshhhjosh View Post
    Although, I haven't posted in this thread much or much at all lately, I have to say this is my favorite thread.

    If Cecchini keeps it up, when do you think he gets promoted to Portland? I think one thing that Cecchini may need to work on (just by taking a quick glance at stats) is his defense. 7 errors in 20 games and an .833 fielding percentage.

    Brandon Jacobs is off to a slow start it seems...
    Brandon Jacobs lack of contact is really hurting him. His swings needs to get more compact or he's in trouble. I hate seeing his tools go to waste, and he's been one of my favorite specs.

    As for Cecchini getting promoted, we all remember how dominant JBJ was and he still played 72 games before being promoted. He also is far behind what JBJ was in the field. That being said, if Cecchini keeps getting insane amounts of XBH and slugs .600-.700 I'm not sure they can keep him down for too much longer. Also I'm not sure they would want to move Almanzar off of 3B in Portland and risk taking him out of a rhythm where he is potentially breaking out of his shell.

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