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Red Sox call up infield prospect Garin Cecchini

Jun 1, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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As first reported late Saturday night by WEEI’s Alex Speier, the Red Sox have promoted infield prospect Garin Cecchini from their Triple-A club in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Alex Wilson was then optioned to Pawtucket in a corresponding 25-man roster move.

Cecchini is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Sunday and will probably be sent back to the minors when Stephen Drew is activated later this week.

The 23-year-old hit .322/.443/.471 with seven home runs and 23 stolen bases in 129 games last season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He’s struggled this year in his first taste of Triple-A, but the third baseman was rated a Top 75 prospect this past offseason by MLB.com, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus.

Cecchini’s last name, for those curious, is pronounced chick-KEE-nee.

  1. drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    I guess this means Pedroia is going to miss a few games. :(

    • yahmule - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Nope. He’s playing today. Pretty damn hard to force that stubborn little rooster-butt out of the lineup.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        He’s out now.

      • yahmule - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Suggesting to the home plate umpire that his parents were never married will generally earn you a short afternoon.

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    His younger brother is the Mets 1st round pick from 2012, a SS. Too bad he didn’t fall to the Yankees.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Since when do the Yankees have first-round draft picks?

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        LOL

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Saw him play at Portland last July. Kid knows how to hit for average and power. Hopefully it translates. Big piece in the Sox maintaining a winning team over the next ten years.

  4. jerze2387 - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    …Taveras, now cecchini, and yet Polanco remains in the minors for PIT…

  5. tfbuckfutter - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Hey look….it’s another example of why signing Stephen Drew was so effing stupid.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Also, Brock Holt is leading off and hitting .321 at the moment.

      I doubt that will continue, but please, let’s limit his and Xander’s playing time for Stephen frigging Drew.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      It’s only stupid if he plays when he shouldn’t.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Drew should play everyday.

        He’s an everyday player without a doubt.

        But he has absolutely no upside. He’s peaked. So he should be playing for a team everyday that doesn’t actually have prospects that provide far more future dividends.

        He’s a roadblock.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      100 plate appearances at AAA, slugging .350? Yeah, he’s obviously already the next Schmidt.

      More time in the minors will probably serve him well. And the Drew signing doesn’t prevent Cecchini from being called up next year if he’s ready. Patience is a virtue.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Ya he just turned 23 last month, safe to say the Sox plan for him was to spend the whole year at AAA this season and give him a real look next spring.

  6. jcmeyer10 - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Look at him getting his first Ribbie and hit at the same time. Plus the strike out in his first AB was a rookie call if I ever saw one.

    Correct me if that was how the ump was calling it. Watched some of the US-Turkey friendly. Coming down with World Cup fever a couple weeks early.

  7. papajack1259 - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    There is a trade a brewing Middlebrooks is gone can u say Buckholtz? I have that Grarciapara feeling

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Wouldn’t doubt one of those guys being gone before the trade deadline. Can’t keep everyone.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Very hard to imagine Middlebrooks has much value right now. I think he’s likely to get traded, but I’m not expecting anything at all in return. It would also be a sell-low on Buccholz.

      My guess is Middlebrooks gets a lot more time at AAA. And if he preforms there, he gets traded.

      • yahmule - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:29 AM

        Middlebrooks for Moustakas might work. Give each fan base a chance to be bitterly disappointed by a kid with a similarly frustrating skill set.

  8. pastabelly - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Ceccini was not in the plans for 2014. It’s hard to see how the Drew signing impacts him. The Drew signing makes the Red Sox a better defensive team in 2014. It also takes incredible pressure off of a very young rookie over a long season. Anyone who believes that the Drew signing doesn’t make the Sox a better team in 2014 is making a dishonest argument.

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