Mets Prospect Watch: Gavin Cecchini

The Mets will enter the year with Wilmer Flores as their starting shortstop, but prospect Gavin Cecchini is waiting in the wings and could be the the shortstop of the future. Keep it here on Amazin' Clubhouse to find out more about the Mets shortstop prospect and his journey so far in the Mets minor league system.

The New York Mets have heard all offseason long that they need to make upgrades at the shortstop position. Analysts and especially Mets fans, believe that Wilmer Flores is not the answer at shortstop and the Mets need find a better solution if they want to make a run at the playoffs this season.

With all of this offseason banter on the matter, the Mets have decided to stick with Flores as their shortstop to start the 2015 season. They did not pursue any trade to acquire Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, or pull the trigger on trade with the Washington Nationals that would have given them shortstop Ian Desmond.

Instead the Mets have said the Flores is their guy for now, but the Mets shortstop of the future could be in their minor league system with prospect Gavin Cecchini.

Cecchini was the first round pick of the Mets back in 2012 MLB Amateur Draft. The Louisiana native was touted by scouts before the draft as a good offensive player who possessed great middle infielder skills. Cecchini though turned things around in 2014. He had a total of 40 extra base hits on the year and was able to make up to the Double-A level by the end of the season. At both Single-A Savannah and St.Lucie, Cecchini had an on base percentage of over .330, showing he can get on base with hits and displaying a good eye of the strike zone.

Since his resurgence last season, Mets management is really excited to see how Cecchini progresses this season and believes he has the chance to make to the major league level by early as 2016. Sandy Alderson and company understand he has great skills to be a solid defensive shortstop and can be good number two hitter in the lineup because he get’s on base a lot.

For now Flores is the Mets shortstop, but the New York Metropolitans maybe seeing Cecchini as their everyday shortstop down the road. He has the talent to be good major league player and could be the Mets shortstop for years to come.

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