People are far too eager to put a Kevin Youkilis comp on Garin Cecchini. It’s easy to do and makes some sense, but I see them as completely different players. The comp comes from the incredible approach at the plate and similar numbers, but Cecchini is a far better athlete and has more flexibility defensively.
Youkilis became a solid defensive first baseman and decent with the glove at third with a power bat, but this is probably Cecchini’s worst tool. Cecchini will put up a good batting average and a potentially great OBP, but his ceiling is probably around 15 home runs. Some doubt whether or not he will be able to stick at third base, but I don’t have much of a concern there. Even if he doesn’t stay at third and instead becomes a corner outfielder, he will make a real impact.
He is not going to be a perennial All-Star like some of the guys in the system have the potential of becoming, but he can be one of the best two-hole hitters in baseball for a decade. He is a case of an incredibly high floor with a decent ceiling, not to mention the traditional platoon advantage as he is a left-handed hitter.
The Boston Red Sox are in good shape on the left side of the field with the potential of Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts and Cecchini covering third, short and left — which might be the best single side of the field in any organization outside of the Chicago Cubs. Cecchini will likely get the call to the big leagues this season and can make an immediate impact even in the loaded Red Sox lineup.