Gavin Cecchini
Gavin Cecchini
24-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
New York Mets
7-Day DL
Injury Foot
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
2017 wound up being a bit of a down year for Cecchini. After demolishing Triple-A pitching in 2016, the infield prospect repeated that same level and saw almost a 60-point downturn in his batting average. He still got an extended look in Queens thanks to a plethora of injuries at the major-league level, but he hit just .208 in 77 at-bats. Fortunately, his plate skills portend improvement, at least in terms of batting average. Cecchini has displayed an excellent batting eye and above-average contact skills. Unfortunately, he packs little power or speed. Regardless, Cecchini should compete with Wilmer Flores for the primary role at second base in spring training. That is, barring any offseason additions in the infield. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed by the Mets in June of 2012 ($2.3 million signing bonus).
Sidelined with foot injury
2BNew York Mets  AAA
Foot
June 15, 2018
Cecchini hasn't played in any games for Triple-A Las Vegas since May 9 due to a foot injury, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
ANALYSIS
Cecchini was optioned to Las Vegas out of spring training due to the Mets' ample infield depth, but he likely would have received the call to the big leagues at some point in the last month if he had been healthy. With Wilmer Flores (back) and T.J. Rivera (elbow) both having spent time on the disabled list and Jose Reyes batting a woeful .149/.213/.203 on the season, Luis Guillorme has settled in as the primary utility infield for the Mets over the last few weeks. While Guillorme boasts a capable glove, his .450 OPS barely amounts to an upgrade over Reyes'. As such, Cecchini -- a career .283/.348/.398 hitter in the minors -- would seemingly represent an appealing reserve option for the big club, though it's uncertain when he'll be healthy enough to contribute.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+118%
OPS vs LHP
2018
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2017
 
 
+115%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+122%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .888 32 3 1 3 0 .296 .406 .481
Since 2016vs Right .407 57 3 0 6 0 .179 .193 .214
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .819 29 2 1 2 0 .280 .379 .440
2017vs Right .381 53 2 0 5 0 .173 .189 .192
2016vs Left 1.667 3 1 0 1 0 .500 .667 1.000
2016vs Right .750 4 1 0 1 0 .250 .250 .500
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Since 2016
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2018
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2017
 
 
+72%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .504 40 4 0 4 0 .171 .275 .229
Since 2016Away .619 49 2 1 5 0 .250 .265 .354
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .369 34 2 0 2 0 .133 .235 .133
2017Away .633 48 2 1 5 0 .255 .271 .362
2016Home 1.300 6 2 0 2 0 .400 .500 .800
2016Away .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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His triple-slash line with Triple-A Las Vegas looks well and fine and some of the numbers are supported by a strong command of the strike zone. However, Cecchini hit just eight homers despite playing in the notoriously favorable hitting conditions of the Pacific Coast League (matching a career high in home runs), and he's never been much of a runner. Now 23, the former first-round pick would seem to have limited upside given the lack of power or speed and the floor isn't going to be enough to entice many keeper league owners. With Asdrubal Cabrera locked in for 2017 as the primary shortstop and top prospect Amed Rosario waiting in the wings, Cecchini faces a highly obstructed path to regular major league playing time in his current organization.
Cecchini had his best season as a professional in 2015, showing improvement while taking on the challenge of Double-A competition for the first time as a 21-year-old. Defensively, he should remain at shortstop as he continues to advance through the Mets system, and at the very least, he appears to have the strong plate discipline (11.3% K%, 8.7% BB%) foundation necessary to sustain a good OBP at higher levels. At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, he should have a chance to develop a modicum of additional pop if he can make the necessary adjustments to his swing, but Cecchini should continue to hit for average regardless of whether he develops double-digit home-run power down the road. He is rarely active on the basepaths, however, having attempted just seven steals in 109 games with Binghamton last season. The Mets will likely advance him to Triple-A to begin 2016, with the hope that he might be ready to take over the starting shortstop spot in New York in 2017.
Cecchini spent most of 2014 at Low-A Savannah (57 games) and High-A St. Lucie (68 games), and was largely underwhelming offensively. He hit eight home runs with 10 steals and slashed .247/.328/.378 in 534 plate appearances across both levels. He figures to start his age-21 season at Double-A Binghamton, but there are questions about his future position as he moves up the ladder. He lacks the defensive chops to cut it as a big league shortstop and he doesn’t have the stick to profile at the keystone. Cecchini may be able to hack it as a utility infielder at the highest level, but even that outcome is likely two years away, meaning fantasy owners should bypass him when sifting through middle infielders in the Mets’ system.
Cecchini began and finished 2013 where he finished 2012, with Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League. In the year-and-a-half since he has been drafted, Cecchini hasn't done much to show he deserved to be the 12th overall selection in the 2012 draft. Cecchini still strikes out too often, walks too infrequently and has shown almost no power in over 400 plate appearances. He is just 20 years old, but needs to add strength to his frame and remain healthy enough to play a full season. Defense is his calling card, but there are question marks regarding his bat at this stage of his career.
Cecchini was drafted 12th overall by the Mets in the 2012 draft. Some scouts felt that the team should have gone for Courtney Hawkins due to lack of true upside in Cecchini and questions as to how his bat will play down the road. However, Cecchini was viewed as a "safe" pick, and does have decent speed and is solid defensively, which should aid him as he moves up the ladder. For those considering options in dynasty leagues, the moderate ceiling makes stashing him less appealing.
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Sent to minors
2BNew York Mets  AAA
March 20, 2018
Cecchini was optioned to the Mets' minor-league camp Tuesday.
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Hits second spring homer Friday
2BNew York Mets  AAA
March 3, 2018
Cecchini hit a solo home run in his only at-bat during Friday's split-squad game against the Nationals.
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Adds muscle over offseason
2BNew York Mets  AAA
February 22, 2018
Cecchini added 15 pounds of muscle over the offseason with the hope of introducing more power into his game, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Recalled from Las Vegas
2BNew York Mets  AAA
August 17, 2017
Cecchini was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.
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Heads back to minors
2BNew York Mets  AAA
June 23, 2017
Cecchini was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
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