Cecchini is 17-for-58 (.293) with a home run and four RBI through 16 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Cecchini is doing a good job hitting for average, but his .317 OBP and .379 slugging percentage leave a little to be desired. He will continue playing regularly for Colorado Springs, and could be an option for the Brewers at some point later this season.
Cecchini was optioned to minor league camp Saturday. Cecchini appeared in two major league games last season as a member of the Red Sox, but he'll likely open the year at Triple-A, where he spent the bulk of 2015. in 117 Triple-A games, Cecchini slashed .213/.286/.296 with 28 RBI and 40 walks.
Manager Craig Counsell said that Cecchini will have a chance to make the Brewers roster despite the fact that Aaron Hill will get the first crack at the starting third base job, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Cecchini's ceiling is limited by the fact that Hill is expected to be the starter, but it's reassuring to know that his role doesn't hinge on garnering the starting role. Although Cecchini's batting stats were rough in 2015, he does possess good defensive utility, as he played significantly at both first base and left field with Triple-A Pawtucket last season, which could bode well for him as he seeks a bench role with Milwaukee.
Cecchini was traded to the Brewers on Thursday for cash considerations, the Boston Globe's Alex Speier reports. This trade makes a lot of sense, as the Red Sox recently designated Cecchini for assignment, so he clearly wasn't going to get a shot in that organization. The Brewers, on the other hand, have Jonathan Villar and Yadiel Rivera atop the organizational depth chart at the hot corner, so Cecchini should finally get an extended opportunity to prove he belongs in the big leagues. The former high-end prospect may just not be a big league caliber hitter, as he has a .229 career average in 40 MLB plate appearances and hit .213 at Triple-A last year, but the Brewers are making a low-risk bet on pedigree. He should have a good chance of making the big league roster out of spring training.
Cecchini was designated for assignment Friday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. The club made the signing of David Price official Friday, so Cecchini was a casualty of the team needing space on the 40-man roster. He spent the majority of last season with Triple-A Pawtucket, slashing just .213/.286/.296 and seems resigned to a minor league role again next season.