Mar 21, 2016

2016 Italian American Spring Training Mets Player: Gavin Cecchini (2012-2016)

Gavin Glenn Christopher Cecchini was born December 22, 1993 at Lake Charles Louisiana. The six foot one, right hand hitting shortstop is listed as weighing in at 180 lbs.

He is the younger brother of Milwaukee Brewers infielder Garin Cecchini. Garin spent two season with the Boston Red Sox playing in just 13 games at the big league level.

Garin made his MLB debut in 2014 & appeared in 13 games for Boston. 

Back in 2012 Cecchini flew to New York for a pre game work out at Citi Field. He did well & got to meet with Mets Captain David Wright. Wright told Cecchini he hoped they'd be team mates soon & Cecchini stayed for the game. That was the night Johan Santana threw the first no hitter in Mets history, quite a night to fly in for a game.

2012 Mets #1 Draft Pick: Three days later the Mets selected Cecchini as their first round pick (the #12 player overall) in the 2012 draft. He was selected right out of high school where his father helped coach him. That night he also got a call from David Wright congratulating him on the selection.

In 2012 he started out in the Rookie League with the Kingsport Mets. He moved on to the Brooklyn Cyclones playing five games at the end of their season.

In 2013 he played 51 games at Brooklyn as the teams main short stop, batting .273 second best average on the team to L.J. Mazzilli.

In 2014 he started out at the Mets A ball Savannah Sand Gnats club, getting promoted to the A ball + St. Lucie Mets. He played 68 games there showing a bit more power hitting five HRs, which was more than he had playing the three previous teams combined. As the season ended he played one game at AA Binghamton gong 1-4.

AA Rookie of the Year: In 2015 he was invited to Mets Spring Training camp & enjoyed playing with the eventual NL Champions. He would go on to have what is called a break out year in 2015, winning the Eastern League Rookie of the Year Award.

He played 109 games at AA Binghamton in 2015 batting .317 with a .377 on base % (both in the leagues top five). He hit 7 HRs with 26 doubles & 51 RBIs. He was the teams main shortstop posting a .943 fielding % making 28 errors in 487 chances.

He was rated as the Mets #10 prospect for 2015. He was once again invited to Mets Spring Training for 2016. He is expected to spend most of 2016 at AAA Las Vegas with a chance to make a crowded Mets infield later in the season.

He is evaluated as an ok defensive short stop, with average range although he has already lost a step.

He is now recognized for his hitting, since he has improved greatly in that department in his young career. He rarely strike s out & is drawing more walks. 

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