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Triple-A Infielder of the Week: SS Gavin Cecchini – Mets
- Updated: August 30, 2016
In 2012, the Mets picked Gavin Cecchini with their first pick (12th overall) out of Barbe High School in Lake Charles, LA.
In his first pro season, Cecchini first played 53 games in rookie ball with the Kingsport Mets batting .246/.311/.320 before moving up and playing in five games with the Brooklyn Cyclones (Low-A) to finish out the season.
In 2013, the shortstop prospect played a full season in the borough of New York and batted .273/.319/.314.
The following season, Cecchini continued to move through the system with a stop with the Savannah Sand Gnats (Class-A Full), before moving on to St. Lucie Mets (Class-A Advanced) and one game at the end of the season in Double-A with the Binghamton Mets. Combined in 2014, the Louisiana native batted .247/.328/.378, with 27 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 56 RBIs and 57 walks in 126 games.
Cecchini’s hard work and dedication to his game earned him a promotion to Binghamton for the 2015 season and he responded by batting .317/.377/.442, with 26 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 51 RBI’s, and 42 walks in 109 games.
Now in Triple-A with the Las Vegas 51s, Cecchini continues to display his skills in the field and at the plate batting .329/.391/.454, with 27 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 53 RBI’s, and 43 walks through 110 games so far this season. At the current pace he is on, he will have his best season in his minor league career and it couldn’t come at the best time being just a phone call away from a big league debut.
Under manager Wally Backman‘s tutelage, Cecchini’s game has really taken off at the plate and it shows as he has 36 multi-hit games this season, hits streaks of seven and nine games, and is batting third in the Pacific Coast League with his .329 batting average behind teammates Brandon Nimmo (.348) and T.J. Rivera (.347).
From August 22 – 28, Cecchini batted 13 for 29 (.448), with four runs scored, three doubles, a home run, and six RBIs. On August 27th, Cecchini had his first 5-hit game of the season and second in his minor league career.
Looking back over his last 10 games, Cecchini has hit safely in 9 of the 10, batting 19 for 42 (.452), with three straight multi-hit games and five overall.
When the rosters expand on September 1st, there isn’t any doubt that the Mets should reward Cecchini’s great play this season with a call up and a well deserved impending MLB debut. Great things in store for the 22-year old shortstop.
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