Baseball America Hot Sheet: Cecchini No. 4, Flores in Team Photo

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After a hot week in Savannah, Gavin Cecchini joins the list of Mets Prospects that have been recognized this season on Baseball America’s Hot Sheet – that featured Brandon Nimmo and Noah Syndergaard a week ago.

After a torrid week at the plate, Cecchini has raised his  average to .286 this season with a .353 on-base and a .454 slugging to go with his 13 extra-base hits, 21 runs scored, and four stolen bases. Here is what BA had to say about the Mets’ 2012 first rounder:

Why He’s Here:

.458/.462/.875 (11-for-24), 5 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI

The Scoop:

Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. Cecchini, whom the Mets drafted 12th overall out of high school in 2012, ranks third among SAL shortstops with a .168 isolated slugging percentage—behind only 2013 college drafts JaCoby Jones (Pirates) and Pat Valaika (Rockies). This despite Cecchini playing half his games in the hitter’s graveyard that is Savannah and despite entering the season with a career .318 slugging percentage in short-season ball. Fully healthy this season, he’s showing off a rounded tool set that includes feel for the barrel, solid wheels and a strong defensive game.

Also, Wilmer Flores, who was recently called up to the Major Leagues to play shortstop, was in the team photo this time. They write:

By going 11-for-22 (.500) with four homers, two doubles and 11 RBIs this week at Triple-A Las Vegas, Flores made the Mets’ decision to scuttle shortstop Ruben Tejada an easy one. The 22-year-old Flores will take over as big league shortstop after hitting .307/.360/.500 in 29 games on the farm this season.

By the statistics, it looks as though Flores should have been included on this hot list with Cecchini. Either way, Congratulations to Wilmer Flores and Gavin Cecchini for their great weeks and let’s hope they both continue to scorch the ball.

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