Late last season, Cecchini, who is the team's No. 8-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, started to get some work in the outfield at Triple-A.
The Red Sox like Cecchini's bat, and he only makes himself more valuable by increasing his versatility.
"The way he swung the bat when he came up last September, and the way he's swung the bat this spring, it looks like his bat will be ready before a defensive opening at third base is going to present itself," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's embraced it, and I think he's seen a number of players go before him that the versatility has created.
"It can allow them to break through and land a spot on the big league club, whether it's [Daniel] Nava adding first base, whether it's Mookie [Betts] going to the outfield or Brock Holt. That list is growing by pretty tangible examples. You create some versatility, you make yourself that much more valuable."
The left-handed hitter had a .282 average over 14 games in Grapefruit League action.