We are releasing the players we’ve chosen as part of a group voting for the Mets roster of the best 25 minor leaguers this season. These players are chosen strictly on their numbers and not on their prospect rankings. It’s going to be a four part series with the position players already posted and the starting rotation already posted with the bullpen still to come. Here is who we have chosen for the bench in our All-Star team:
SS/2B: Gavin Cecchini (Las Vegas 51s/Mets) – The former Mets first round pick had his second straight season were he hit above .300 and finished third in the PCL in hitting. He hit .325/.390/.448 in his first season in Triple-A with eight homeruns, two triples, 27 doubles as he drove in 55 for the 51s. Cecchini showed his skills to make contact as he struck out just 55 times in 446 at-bats. The Mets will let Cecchini play second base in he AFL to see if he can learn that position to play it good enough in the majors.
SS/2B: Andres Gimenez (DSL Mets1 & 2) – The 18-year old Gimenez was outstanding in his first pro season with the Mets. Gimenez showed the ability to hit for a high average and power in the Dominican Summer League. His short swing and mature approach helped him to hit .350/.469/.523 to go with 27 extra base hits. He walked 46 times compared to only 22 strikeouts on the season. Gimenez has the talent to stay at short but also played some second this season. He was the Mets Sterling Award winner for the DSL Mets2.
C/1B: Patrick Mazeika (Columbia Fireflies) – Mazeika was one of the bright spots in the inaugural season for the Columbia Fireflies as he hit .305/.414/.402 in 70 games. Mazeika showed his ability to make consistent contact as he struck out just 39 times while walking 38. Mazeika turned it on in the second half hitting .342/.465/.456 to end his season with an impressive stat line.
2B/3B/SS: Phillip Evans (Binghamton Mets/St. Lucie Mets) – The Eastern League batting champ hit .335/.374/.485 with eight home runs, 30 doubles and drove in 39 runs. Evans started the season with the St. Lucie Mets and hit just .143/.273/.143 in nine games. His performance in the Eastern League was impressive as he won the Eastern League batting title with a 4 for 6 final game. He shared the Mets Sterling Award for Binghamton with Dominic Smith.
OF: Raul Beracierta (DSL Mets1 & 2) – The 17-year old outfielder played every outfield position in his first pro season. Not only did he play a very solid outfield he also had a good season with the bat. Beracierta hit .327/.397/.403 combined between the DSL Mets1 & 2. He hit his first pro home run on the 11th of July. To go with his home run he also hit three triples and seven doubles while driving in 23 runs. A solid season all around for the young outfielder. He was the Mets Sterling Award winner for the DSL Mets1.