METS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FIRST-ROUND PICK GAVIN CECCHINI
FLUSHING, N.Y., June 8, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced they have agreed to terms with shortstop Gavin Cecchini, the team’s first-round selection (12th overall pick) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Cecchini will report to Port St. Lucie, FL, for mini-camp starting Monday, June 11 and then join Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League when the club opens its schedule on Tuesday, June 19.
Cecchini, 18, who bats and throws righthanded, hit .413 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 31 stolen bases to help Barbe to the Class 5A state title this season. Cecchini played for his father, Glenn, at Barbe. The 6-0, 175-pound native of Lake Charles, LA, was named Mr. Baseball in Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Cecchini led the USA Baseball 18U National Team to the gold medal at the Pan American Championship in Colombia last fall. He hit .500 with 17 RBI in 15 games during the tournament.
As a junior, Cecchini was named Gatorade State Player of the Year and also won the Most Valuable Player award for the American squad at the 2011 Under Armour All-American Game last summer. Brandon Nimmo, the Mets’ first-round pick last season, was the MVP for the American team at the 2010 game.
Cecchini played in the 2006 Little League World Series, starting the game on the mound for South Lake Charles in their only win of the tournament.
Cecchini, who committed to the University of Mississippi, is the fourth position player taken in the first round by the Mets since 2008. He joins first baseman Ike Davis (2008), infielder Reese Havens (2008) and Nimmo (2011).
Cecchini’s brother, Garin, was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft by Boston and is currently playing for Greenville (A) of the South Atlantic League.
Barbe had two other players drafted along with Garin in 2010 (Hommy Rosado, Colorado, 11th round; Kevin Berard, 22nd round, Milwaukee). Gavin is the high school’s first first-round pick since 1996, when Toronto took infielder Joe Lawrence 16th overall.
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Quinn Roberts of MLB.com says Cecchini has signed for $2.3 million, which is below the $2.55 million slot value. Yesterday I mentioned that would most likely be the case for Cecchini and all the other picks they sign. Cecchini will report to Kingsport next week when players begin to arrive at the Mets Rookie Complex.
Original Post 7/7/2012
According to Adam Rubin, a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPN that Gavin Cecchini, the Louisiana high school shortstop selected by the Mets in the first round, has agreed to terms with the organization, . The deal is pending a physical.
Cecchini tweeted he was headed to New York, Rubin added.
It’s amazing how different the Mets draft strategy was this year as compared to last year.
Expect just about all of the Mets draft picks to sign quickly because for the most part that played a big part in the selection process in 2012 more so than whether they were the best available talents at the time.
You wont see any prolonged negotiations as we’ve seen in the past with Brandon Nimmo, Michael Fulmer and Matt Harvey. Don’t expect any record breaking signing bonuses either. In fact I’d be shocked if any of these players sign for over pre-established guidelines. Plus the negotiating period was shortened considerably with the new CBA so you have that in play here too.
Anyway, I bet Courtney Hawkins and Lucas Gioloto will sign for more than Cecchini did. They were drafted after Cecchini and the Mets passed on them even though they are both considered high-impact talents with big ceilings. That was last year’s philosophy.
Anybody want to place a small wager?