Cecchini was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Cecchini wasn't in line to see everyday at-bats with Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) returning from the disabled list, so the Mets decided to send him back to Las Vegas. The 23-year-old held his own during a five game stretch with the big club, slashing .286/.286/.500 with one homer in 14 at-bats, so he could be back before the end of the season should another opportunity arise.
Cecchini went 1-for-3 with his first career home run in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday.
The most impressive thing about his fifth-inning blast was that it came with two strikes against superstar lefty Clayton Kershaw. This was also his first start in the majors, and although T.J. Rivera is expected to get most of the reps at the keystone with Neil Walker (hamstring) out, Cecchini could push him for playing time with more performances like this, while also proving his worth in the organization with top prospect Amed Rosario knocking on the door to New York.
Cecchini was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday.
With Neil Walker (hamstring) expected to miss several weeks with a partially torn hamstring, the infield prospect will head to the big leagues to plug the holes in the Mets' injury-riddled infield. Cecchini is having a bit of a down year with the 51s, as he's hitting just .249 with three home runs and 17 RBI, although given the dearth of quality options at New York's disposal at this point, it wouldn't be surprising to see him get an extended audition in the Mets' lineup. However, T.J. Rivera will get the first crack at starting second base duties.
Cecchini will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.
This will mark Cecchini's second stint with the big-league club, as the 2012 first-rounder went 2-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI in four games with the Mets last season. The 23-year-old currently owns a .254/.316/.369 triple slash with nine RBI and is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts through 30 games with Las Vegas. A corresponding roster move should be announced once the move is official, though Adam Wilk (who was recalled for Sunday's spot start) could be demoted or Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) could be placed on the disabled list to clear room.
Cecchini is expected to log playing time at shortstop every 10-to-12 days and possibly even third base this season, Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The Mets' Triple-A affiliate appears to be putting a large focus on versatility this season, so even a top prospect like Cecchini will get looks at other positions. The 23-year-old will still likely be brought up as a second baseman with fellow prospect Amed Rosario slated to man shortstop in the future, but the versatility certainly won't hurt as Cecchini looks to land a job with the Mets later in the season.
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