Gavin Cecchini was the Mets’ first round pick in 2012, picked 12th from Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. After signing, he was assigned to Kingsport of the Appalachian League.
In his first season at Kingsport, Cecchini posted a .246 batting average, but had a .311 on base percentage. He was promoted to Brooklyn for 5 games where he did not register a hit.
For the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Cecchini struggled at the plate, batting around .250. His results at Brooklyn, Savannah and St. Lucie dropped him from #4 to #10 on the Mets’ ranking of minor league prospects.
Cecchini had a breakout season at Binghamton in 2015, batting .317 and posting career highs in hits (139), doubles (26), home runs (7) and RBI’s (51). He was named the 2015 Eastern League Rookie of the Year.
Cecchini was signed after being drafted, and given a reported $2.3 million signing bonus.
After spending last season at Binghamton, Cecchini was invited to Spring Training this season. At this point, it is more than likely Cecchini will see a number of spring At-bats, but with Asdrubal Cabrera at Shortstop, Neil Walker at Second, Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores providing backup, Cecchini will most likely be assigned to Las Vegas.
Cecchini should see some time at the Major League level this season, especially in the event of injuries, or if a trade opens up a spot on the roster.
For the future, some scouts have stated that Cecchini won’t hit for a lot of power, but will provide a decent batting average and some RBI opportunities. Defensively, he is slightly better than average. He will most likely be used as a utility infielder, especially since he also has experience at Second Base.
The Mets also have Shortstops Matt Reynolds and Amed Rosario listed among their top 10 prospects.
Tradeable or Untradeable?
Even though it is expected that Cecchini will reach the Major League level at some point this season, it is also a possibility that Cecchini is traded away at midseason in exchange for the missing piece to this year’s pennant run.