Brender: You had the chance to be with the B-Mets during their postseason run last year. How was that experience?
Cecchini: It was awesome. To be a part of a winning team and to obviously finish the last game on top, there’s not a better feeling. We had a great team, along with a great coach staff and we went out there and we won it all. It was a great feeling.
Brender: What was your offseason like?
Cecchini: Both me and my brother work out with the same personal trainer, along with a few other big leaguers that are in our area. We worked hard. Just trying to be the best players we can be and help our teams win.
Brender: What areas of the game do you feel you need to improve?
Cecchini: I think it’s everything. I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one thing. I think just my all-around game. I’m always trying to get better no matter what it is, in all aspects of the game. No matter whether it’s fielding, hitting, running, throwing or even just the mental, too. You can always get better at something. So, I’m always trying to soak everything in like a sponge and get better.
Brender: Being that you were a 1st round draft pick, has there been any added pressure to make it to the major leagues?
Cecchini: No, not really. It’s still the game of baseball wherever you get drafted, whether it’s in tee-ball all the way up to professional. The only difference is obviously the talent gets better and the game might speed up a little bit. If you’re a good athlete you find ways to adjust and that’s what you have to do in this game. The great ones, they adjust as the game goes along.
Brender: How great has the experience of being at big league Spring Training been so far?
Cecchini: Its been great. I love to just get up here and not really say anything. I’m an outgoing guy and I like to talk and have fun but here I want to just listen. That’s why we have two ears and one mouth. You want to listen more than you talk. I’m showing up to the field early every day. Today, pitchers and catchers have a meeting at 9 am and we don’t have to be here until 11:30 am and I was here at 7 o’clock. That’s just the type of person I am. I live and die at the baseball field. I just want to learn as much as I can and be the best I can be.
Brender: Do you gravitate to the other shortstops in camp?
Cecchini: I think you can learn something from everyone. Someone once told me your best hitting coach is talking to the pitchers because the pitchers are going to tell you what they’re going to throw you in certain counts and what they see.
Brender: What are your expectations for 2015?
Cecchini: I’m not putting any expectations on myself because I don’t want to put any limits on myself. The skies the limit for me. I don’t want to say that I’m going to hit this or field this because I don’t want to put a plateau on it. I’m just going to go out there and play the game hard and as long as I do that and keep my head on straight everything will be fine.
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