Prospects Continue to Show Up in Top 10 Lists
Yesterday, mlb.com announced its top 10 third basemen. With no surprise, Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini found himself among the hot corner’s elite.
Already ranked as the 7th best prospect in the system heading into 2013, Cecchini did not disappoint climbing from high-A Salem to double-A Portland at the mid-way point of the season. He combined to hit .322 with seven homers, 61 RBI, 33 doubles, seven triples, 23 stolen bases and 80 runs scored. He walked an organizational high 94 times and led the minor leagues with a .443 on base percentage.
He is rated as the 6th best third basemen in the minors entering 2014 and should appear in Pawtucket at some point during the season, if not the very start.
His scouting report from mlb.com…”The Red Sox went over slot to sign Cecchini after taking him in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft. He didn’t play pro ball that year because of a torn ACL in his right knee, but he’s since shown why Boston took him so high, hitting his way up the organizational ladder. Cecchini has an advanced approach at the plate that allowed him to lead the Minors in on-base percentage (.443) in 2013. He may end up being more of a high-average type than a huge power guy, but his instincts allow all of his tools to play up.”
He was also awarded the Arizona Fall League’s Dernell Stenson award for Sportsmanship. He hit .277 with four doubles, nine RBI and nine runs scored in 18 games. He also homered in the AFL All-Star Game.
For the entire list of the top third basemen, click here…http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/mlbcoms-prospect-watch-mlbcoms-top-10-third-basemen?ymd=20140121&content_id=66834636
Yet another name appeared on today’s top 10 list for outfielders, Jackie Bradley Jr. at #6.
Jackie surprised a lot of folks in 2013 when he made the Boston Red Sox opening day roster AND start in the season’s first game at Yankee Stadium. However, after a terrific spring training, he struggled in the season’s first month. He was sent to Pawtucket on his 23rd birthday (April 19th).
The former South Carolina Gamecock would end up hitting .275 in 80 games with the PawSox including a career high 10 homers. He scored 57 runs and had 26 doubles between his time yo-yo’ing between Pawtucket and Boston. While he hit just .189 in 37 big league games his plate discipline was applauded and his defense was marveled. Fans in Pawtucket saw the sparkling defense almost on a nightly basis. Barring any significant moves (and with about three weeks before the first full squad practice, I highly doubt there will be), Bradley will be given the keys to drive the Red Sox center field ship after the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury.
Here’s his report from mlb.com…”Part of two College World Series championship teams at South Carolina, Bradley Jr. earned a World Series ring as a rookie with the Red Sox after surprisingly making their Opening Day roster. A superb center fielder, he’ll be a defensive upgrade over Jacoby Ellsbury, who left via free agency. Bradley Jr. is also an on-base machine who likely will be better than Ellsbury in that regard, too.”
And, if you’d like to see the entire list of outfielders…http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/prospect-watch-mlbcoms-top-10-outfielders?ymd=20140122&content_id=66895860&vkey=news_mlb
Oh, and Japanese super star Masahiro Tanaka signed with the Yankees for seven years and $155 million ($22.1 a year). He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 212 innings last season. We’ll see where the rest of the pitching free-agent pieces come together now.
Hope everyone in New England has been safe with all the nasty weather over the last 24 hours. It’ll remain cold over the next few days, so please be careful. Spring is right around the corner!