Scouting the Mets: Gavin Cecchini

The Amazin's shortstop will be representing Italy in the World Baseball Classic and is quickly climbing up the organization's prospect rankings.

SS Gavin Cecchini is one of the young guys who’s climbing up the ranks on the Mets’ top prospects list. The 23-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2012 draft and he’s been performing well in the minors. His stats are enough to catch the eye — he’s definitely not a power hitter, but he hits for average. His batting average is .325 and he’s notched 55 RBIs and eight home runs. Cecchini has shown early success in his MLB debut, but we’ll have to see if he can replicate that .333 batting average for an entire season. With a fielding percentage of .931, he has room for much improvement. Compared to fellow newcomer Amed Rosario, he has to put in the work if he wants to succeed as a short stop in the major leagues. Rosario posts a 96.2 percent fielding percentage. Regardless of his role this season, he takes pride in his readiness to step up at any time and his work ethic says it all. In a recent Q&A, Cecchini talked about what he’s been focusing on in the offseason: “I think it's all aspects of the game: my approach to hitting, my plan on the basepaths and keeping things simple defensively -- making all the routine plays and being consistent with the all-around game. This game is all about being consistent, and the more times you can be consistent, the better you'll be. You have to make adjustments, and you're always going to be working on something,” said Cecchini.

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