Ceciliani was drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 MLB draft, and graduated from the same high school that produced Boston Red Sox all-star outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. While the comparisons are drawn between the two, Ellsbury is the superior athlete with better speed, but Ceciliani is the more powerful hitter. During my trip to PSL, I got a very good look at the 20-year old Ceciliani. Here are some of my notes on Ceciliani:
- Bigger build and stronger than I anticipated. If he wants to stay in CF, he will need to maintain his quickness and agility.
- While not a Reyes/Ellsbury type burner, Ceciliani is an above average runner and a decent athlete
- Solid bat speed, with gap to gap power. Uses the whole field well, keeps his hands inside the ball
- Very flat swing. Consistently put the barrel on the ball in BP, spraying line drives to all fields
- Below average throwing arm in the OF (I did not see Ceciliani play the OF, so will hold off on his defensive ability)
- Outgoing personality, always joking and laughing with teammates and coaches
Ceciliani was one of the most impressive hitters that I saw in camp. He had a very good approach at the plate, and has excellent hand eye coordination, as he squared balls up in BP as good as anyone.
It was very refreshing to see his personality come out, as he genuinely looked like he was having fun. On the flip side, while either taking BP, running the bases, or doing any other drill, Ceciliani was all business while getting his work in.
I love the old school Moises Alou style, no batting gloves at the plate. I highly doubt that Ceciliani will ever have a clean uniform after any game he plays in. I can see Ceciliani as a Lenny Dykstra type player, which fans would gravitate too. He has an outgoing personality to go with a grind it out type attitude. Look for Ceciliani to open the 2011 season in Savannah.