Mets Minors: Gavin Cecchini Back In Action Today


Gavin Cecchini suffered an ankle injury on July 3rd against the Staten Island Yankees, and has missed most of the month trying to get healthy. His journey back to the lineup appears to be over:

Cecchini was off to a slow start in Brooklyn as the starting shortstop for the Cyclones. Prior to his injury, he appeared in 15 games, accumulating 54 at-bats. That produced a .259/.305/.315 line, with three doubles, three RBIs, and five runs scored. After hitting .292 to start the year in June, he was hitless in six July at-bats before his ankle injury sidelined him for most of the month.

The ninth-best prospect in the Mets’ system (according to MMN). Here’s what we had to say about the shortstop in our latest write-up about him:

“Selected 12th overall in the 2012 first year Player Draft out of Barbe High School in Louisiana, Gavin Cecchini is all potential. When many write him off for being an average player, they fail to see that a first round pick doesn’t need to be a superstar caliber player. Widely thought of as a ‘safe pick’, Cecchini is supposedly a player with average to above average tools across the board, except power.

In terms of contact, Gavin could become a .275 to .280 hitter from the right side of the dish, with 30 doubles, and 10-14 home runs annually. Though he hasn’t grown into that power yet, there still is some time, as he is 19 years old.

His fielding, although he has good instincts, is brought down by average speed and an average arm. All things considered however, Cecchini looks to be able to stick at shortstop. In terms of makeup, he is said to never leave the gym, and is the first one on the field. A front office official told me at spring training that he is a natural leader on the field.”