Post by Matt Picard on Mar 19, 2017 15:23:57 GMT -5
David Laurilla's Sunday Notes has a segment on Cecchini. He talks about trying to adjust his swing to be more powerful going into the 2015 season:
“I wanted to see if I could tap into some power,” explained Cecchini, who is now in the Kansas City Royals organization. “I tried to do all that launch angle stuff — I tried to get under the ball and hit it in the air — and that’s not me. My swing wasn’t right, and I wasn’t right mentally, because I didn’t know what adjustment to make to get it right. That was the most frustrating part.”
When I asked the 25-year-old third baseman who instigated the failed adjustment — the Red Sox or himself — he hesitated before answering.
“It wasn’t club driven,” claimed Cecchini after the pause. “You always want see how you can take that next step, but not everybody can be like a Josh Donaldson and work on things like launch angles. I mean, if you talk to Mookie Betts, he doesn’t think about that stuff. Eric Hosmer doesn’t think about that stuff. Looking back, I shouldn’t have changed anything.
“What made me successful before is what’s going to make me successful at the big league level. I just need an opportunity to prove that. But it has been frustrating at times. You have one bad year and people are like, ‘Can he hit?’ I mean, I’ve played six seasons, and only one of them was bad. It’s crazy to think I can’t hit.”
He's a poor defensive 1B/3B with a .666 OPS in 357 games (1,396 PA) in AAA. So that closing quote is pretty delusional.
Two immediate thoughts: -Maybe Eric Hosmer, he of the career 107 wRC+ and .151 ISO, should start thinking about launch angles a little more. -The hard part about introducing players to launch angles and other sabermetric concepts is the ability to communicate it to them appropriately, in a way that gets them to think about and implement it without screwing them up. That's really, really hard, and that's the part where guys like Bannister can hopefully add a lot of value. The first part of Laurilla's column is about just that (including quotes from Bob Melvin).
Cecchini wasn't going to draw the same number of walks in the MLB without being more of a power threat most likely. It was a smart move to try and adjust his batted ball profile, it just failed.
He and Henry Owens were kind of one in the same. Great minor league players with holes in their game that were going to get exposed in the MLB. Hopefully Cecchini can get back to the level of at least a useful bench piece.