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4.143 Boston Red Sox - Garin Cecchini, SS, Barbe HS (LA)

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The Red Sox spent the 143rd overall pick on Garin Cecchini.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft profile.

Garin Cecchini   Position: SS   School: Barbe HS   State: LA   Height: 6’3’’   Weight: 195

Bats: L   Throws: R   Birth Date: 4/21/91   Seiler Rating: 1B1   Commitment: LSU

Garin Cecchini is a top-level prep infielder from Lake Charles, Louisiana, a good-sized town about 35 miles from the Texas border. For those of you that know that area of Louisiana, it’s more like what you think of when you think of Texas than when you think of Louisiana. Cecchini himself is one of the better players for makeup and talent in this entire draft class. At the plate, he’s blessed with top of the line bat speed, which profiles for an above-average hit tool and plus power, and he could be a .290 hitter with 30 homers in his best years. He’s bogged down a little by fringe-average speed, something he’s been working on, but he’s never going to be an above-average runner, so his offense will be focused solely on line drives and fly balls. His left-handed swing is conducive to that approach, as he gets excellent natural loft on balls he hits. In the infield, while I still classify him as a shortstop, he’s clearly a third baseman in the long run. Because he’s not naturally fast, he lacks lateral range to play shortstop above the low minors, though he should be able to handle the position in college if he lands at LSU. He has solid hands and a plus arm, so he should handle third base just fine and his offense profiles well at third, too. All of this is said with caution, as he’s still recovering from an ACL tear in March, though he is said to be on track for a recovery that could make him available for workouts late in the summer. He could go in the supplemental first round to a team that believes in his bat, though he’s more of a second or third round talent when accounting for the injury. He might scare teams away with his LSU commitment, as he’s a great student, and it might cost $1.5-2 million to sign him, since he’ll be draft-eligible again after his sophomore year.