MLB Mock Draft 2.0 – Is Gavin Cecchini The Future Mets SS?

An article by posted on May 31, 2012

Last week I put out Version 1.0 of my MLB Mock Drafts. I had the Mets selecting highs chool outfielder Courtney Hawkins with their first pick, 12th overall. Now, I have Hawkins already gone by the time the Mets pick and instead have the Mets drafting High School SS Gavin Cecchini.

Cecchini is considered by many to be one of the top 5 HS bats in the 2012 Draft. Also i’ve read many articles by draft experts who all expect him to able to remain at SS long term given his above average range.

Below is the second version of my 2012 MLB Mock Draft:

1. Houston Astros – RHP Mark Appel – Stanford

2. Minnesota Twins –
OF Byron Buxton – Appling County HS (GA)

3. Seattle Mariners – C Mike Zunino – Florida

4. Baltimore Orioles – RHP Kevin Gausman – LSU

5. Kansas City Royals –
RHP Kyle Zimmer – San Francisco

6. Chicago Cubs – SS Carlos Correa – Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

7. San Diego Padres – OF Albert Almora – Mater Academy (FL)

8. Pittsburgh Pirates – SS Deven Marrero – Arizona State)

9. Miami Marlins –
LHP Max Fried – Harvard Westlake HS (CA)

10. Colorado Rockies – 3B Richie Shaffer – Clemson

11. Oakland Athletics – OF Courtney Hawkins – Carroll HS (TX)

12. New York Mets – SS Gavin Cecchini – Barbe HS (LA)


13. Chicago White Sox –
RHP Michael Wacha – Texas A+M

14. Cincinnati Reds –
LHP Andrew Heaney – Oklahoma State

15. Cleveland Indians – RHP Chris Stratton – Mississippi State

16. Washington Nationals – RHP Marcus Stroman – Duke

17. Toronto Blue Jays – RHP Lance McCullers Jr – Jesuit HS (FL)

18. Los Angeles Dodgers – 3B Stephen Piscotty – Stanford

19. St. Louis Cardinals – RHP Lucas Giolito – Harvard Westlake HS (CA)

20. San Francisco Giants – OF David Dahl – Oak Mountain HS (AL)

21. Atlanta Braves – OF Victor Roach – Georgia Southern

22. Toronto Blue Jays – (FL) OF D.J. Davis – Stone County HS (Miss)

23. St. Louis Cardinals – LHP Matt Smoral – Solon HS (OH)

24. Boston Red Sox –
LHP Hunter Virant – Camarillo HS (CA)

25. Tampa Bay Rays – RHP Zach Eflin – Hagerty HS (FL)

26. Arizona Diamondbacks – OF Tyler Naquin – Texas A&M

27. Milwaukee Brewers – SS Addison Russell – Pace HS (FL)

28. Milwaukee Brewers – C Stryker Trahan – Acadiana HS (LA)

29. Texas Rangers – RHP Nick Travieso – Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL)

30. New York Yankees – 3B/1B Corey Seager – Northwest Cabarrus (NC)

31. Boston Red Sox – OF Travis Jankowski – Stony Brook

MLB.com’s Draft expert, Jonathan Mayo, had this to say about Cecchini:

Will the Mets go with two straight high school hitters in the first round? The buzz is that they really like Cecchini’s tools and makeup, and he is more advanced than last year’s pick, outfielder Brandon Nimmo. If they go with a more advanced type, any of the above pitchers would come into play, as could Marrero and Shaffer from the college-hitter ranks.

Mayo also has the Mets picking Cecchini with the 12th overall pick in next Monday’s draft.

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