2012 Draft Scouting Report: Gavin Cecchini

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep infielder, Gavin Cecchini.

Name: Gavin Cecchini
Position: Shortstop
School: Barbe H.S. (La.)
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


Physical Description

Cecchini's frame just screams athleticism. He is going to fill out a little more, but essentially he's going to retain his wiry, strong frame through the years.

Hitting

The bat just seems to get better and better for Cecchini. He's a consistent line drive hitter that looks like he's going to be exploiting a lot of gaps at the professional level. He also appears to handle the breaking ball pretty well.

Power

The safe bet is that Cecchini becomes a player that can hit 10-15 home runs and 30 doubles in a season. But, if he can add some lift to his swing, he has the pop in his bat to have a little more home run power than that.

Fielding

Defense may be the biggest strength in his game. He shows plus range and more than enough arm to handle the plays deep in the whole. He's a shortstop all the way as a professional.

Speed

Cecchini is a plus runner and figures to remain that way for the long haul. He has the look of a 30 stolen base threat as a professional.

Summation

Drafting Cecchini is like drafting a quality college shortstop. You know he's going to stick at the position and become an excellent professional defender. The only question is just how good a hitter he'll become. He looks like at least a solid top of the lineup hitter, but he may be capable of hitting for 20 home run power down the line as well.

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