The 23-year-old has posted strong offensive numbers in the high minors over the last two seasons, but would still need a lot to go his way this spring to break camp on the Mets' 25-man roster. Cecchini will likely begin the season back at Triple-A Las Vegas to continue working on his defense, but could be among the first call-ups when injuries hit the team's infield.
The Mets will make room for Cecchini by placing Neil Walker on the 60-day disabled list. Cecchini has morphed from a good-field, little-hit shortstop when he was drafted to one who is more known for his offense. He likely won't see much action, but can back up both middle-infield spots after seeing time at second base recently at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Cecchini went 4-for-5 at the plate Saturday and is now 11 for his last 18, upping his average to .324 on the season.
Cecchini has moved from a defense first shortstop to one whose bat likely should play in the majors, though part of his explosion has to be discounted due to the thin air in Las Vegas. He still is manning shortstop. but the trade of Dilson Herrera to Cincinnati could result in moving Cecchini to second base to see if he can play the position.
Cecchini was named the Pacific Coast Player of the Week.
Cecchini used to be known for his defense, but his game has done a 180-degree, where his offense is less in question that his defense. He is up to .328/.393/.460 in 51 games for Triple-A Las Vegas, aided by the 51s hitters park. In addition, his contact rate has jumped to 87% while his BABIP is .363, though those two numbers are in line with what he posted at Double-A Binghamton. Cecchini should clearly be in line for a September call up.
Gavin Cecchini made his first game appearance Wednesday after reportedly dealing with some back issues, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.
It wasn't known that the young shortstop was dealing with an ailment, but it's good to see that he's good to go for game action. It's unlikely that Cecchini will make the major league roster out of camp, but the added experience against major league pitching that he's getting during spring training is definitely nice.
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