The Scottsdale Scorpions were off on Sunday, but shortstop Gavin Cecchini had himself a fantastic showing at the plate on Saturday. The former first rounder went 3-for-5 and hit his first AFL home run. Cecchini is now batting .350 with a .423 OBP in 20 at-bats for Scottsdale, with five RB, four walks and a 1.023 OPS.
That’s the good news, the bad news is that Cecchini also committed his fifth error at shortstop, this time dropping an easy pick-off throw. Cecchini’s defensive struggles are well documented. After committing 28 errors at short for Double-A Binghamton in 2015, things got a little worse for Cecchini in 2016, committing 33 errors in fewer chances.
ESPN.com’s Keith Law was discouraged with Cecchini defensively after watching him in Arizona last week. “Cecchini continues to have problems throwing, even struggling on routine throws from second base.”
Cecchini, 22, recorded his first major league hit and collected his first RBI as a Met on September 24 against the Phillies, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
He is coming off his best season as a minor leaguer, batting .325/.390/.448 for Triple-A Las Vegas with 27 doubles, 8 home runs, 55 RBI and 71 runs scored in 446 at-bats, while striking out just 55 times with 48 walks.