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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The MLB Draft is Monday night, with the Mets holding the No. 6 pick and connected to a pair of college third basemen. Before they make their selection, let's take a look back at the Mets' first round picks during the Sandy Alderson era...

2011, No. 13: Brandon Nimmo, OF, Cheyenne East High School (Cheyenne, Wyoming)

With his first pick as Mets GM, Alderson selected Nimmo -- who did not play high school baseball since Wyoming was one of three states without it. Instead, he played American Legion ball. This selection was bashed by some soon after and in the years following, and it seems that bashing was way off. Nimmo, 25, is hitting .276/.421/.559 with seven HR this season while establishing himself as an offensive catalyst... 

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Jun 19, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Gavin Cecchini (2) hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Jun 19, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Gavin Cecchini (2) hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

Triple-A Las Vegas INF Gavin Cecchini is day-to-day after leaving Wednesday night's game early due to getting hit in the foot by a pitch.

Cecchini received an X-ray after the game, which came back negative, according to Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review-Journal

The 24-year-old Cecchini, who took MLB Pipeline Second Baseman of the Week honors late last month, is hitting .294/.342/.468 with two HR, 11 doubles, and one triple in 30 games (109 at-bats) for Las Vegas this season...

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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Jose Reyes, who is adjusting to a bench role, began the season by going 0-for-20 through April 19. Since then, he's gone 5-for-12 with a home run.

Overall, Reyes is hitting .156/.206/.250. And though his BABIP is an impossibly low .148 and some improvement on the outcomes for the balls he puts in play can be expected, it's fair to wonder how much longer the Mets will carry him.

Along with his poor offensive production, Reyes is a liability in the field -- where he was worth -25 DRS (defensive runs saved) last season while playing primarily shortstop, third base, and second base. If the Mets choose to move on from Reyes at some point this season, who could replace him? Here are the three most likely options, who are all on the 40-man roster and currently playing for Triple-A Las Vegas...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Jun 19, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Gavin Cecchini (2) hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Jun 19, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Gavin Cecchini (2) hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

Mets INF prospect Gavin Cecchini, playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, was named the MLB Pipeline Second Baseman of the Week after hitting .478/.500/.826 with three doubles, one triple, one HR, and four RBI in five games last week.

Overall, he is hitting .347/.402/.547 in 21 games (75 at-bats) this season. 

Cecchini, 24, spent his offseason working on his swing and practicing new positions in an effort to increase his chances of finding a role on the major league team...

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New York Mets’ Luis Guillorme rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets’ Luis Guillorme rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets sent 10 players to minor league camp on Tuesday morning, leaving 34 players in major league camp.

Infielders Gavin Cecchini and Luis Guillorme were optioned, with OF Matt den Dekker, C Jose Lobaton, RHPs Drew Smith, A.J. Griffin, and Corey Taylor, LHPs Matt Purke and P.J. Conlon, and infielder Ty Kelly re-assigned. 

Aside from Purke, who was being considered as a second left-hander in the bullpen to complement Jerry Blevins, none of the players who were sent down on Tuesday were thought to have a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

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Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Gavin Cecchini (2) tosses to second for an out during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Gavin Cecchini (2) tosses to second for an out during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Mets INF Gavin Cecchini spent his offseason working on his swing and practicing new positions in an effort to increase his chances of finding a role on the major league team.

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Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have agreed to terms with all 22 pre-arbitration eligible players, including contracts with OF Michael Conforto, RHP Robert Gsellman, LHP Steven Matz, C Kevin Plawecki, OF Brandon Nimmo, SS Amed Rosario, and 1B Dominic Smith

Other players who signed contracts are RHP Tyler Bashlor, RHP Gerson Bautista, RHP Jamie Callahan. INF Gavin Cecchini, RHP Chris Flexen, INF Luis Guillorme, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Kevin McGowan, RHP Marcus Molina, C Tomas Nido, RHP Corey Oswalt, RHP Jacob Rhame, INF T.J. Rivera, RHP Paul Sewald, and RHP Rafael Montero

Mets payroll currently stands at $152.6 million. They began last season with a payroll of $154.4 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:02:10
Noah Syndergaard dealt 11 pitches that were 100 mph or faster over the course of two innings, but the Mets fell to the Astros, 8-7.

Noah Syndergaard was dominant as the Mets (who featured a lineup that had just one potential starting position player) lost to the Astros, 8-7, in West Palm Beach on Monday afternoon.

To see the full box score, click here!

Three things you should know about today's game...

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Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Once the Mets' three-year deal with free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce is final -- which may not be until next week -- they will have to clear a spot on the already-full 40-man roster for him.

The Mets recently added minor league RHPs Tyler Bashlor (who struck out 84 batters in 49.2 innings last season between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton) and Gerson Bautista (who they acquired from the Red Sox last season in the Addison Reed trade) to the 40-man. So it's a safe bet the two of them are safe.

And unless the Mets are dropping a pitcher such as Rafael Montero or Chris Flexen -- which they absolutely should not be doing given their lack of starting pitching depth -- it's hard to see a pitcher being removed from the roster at this point.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jay Bruce, Matt Reynolds, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Amed Rosario wants Jose Reyes -- the Mets' only major league free agent -- to return to the team in 2018.

"There's no words to it," Rosario, through an interpreter, told NJAM about his relationship with Reyes. "He's more than a friend, he's a brother and I've learned a lot from him."

"If it's God's will, he will be next year," Rosario added about Reyes being on the Mets.

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 (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
(Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets SS Amed Rosario is back in the lineup on Friday night after being out since Monday due to a stomach ailment.

Rosario, who was treated for gastroenteritis Monday night at University of Miami hospital before returning to the team hotel, stayed at the hotel Tuesday night during the Mets' game against the Marlins and will traveled with the team to New York on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Rosario was "violently sick" on Monday and had more than just the flu, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters on Tuesday...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:50
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-3 win over the Braves.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Jacob deGrom allowed a solo homer to Freddie Freeman but nothing else over seven innings to set a career high with 15 wins. The 29-year-old struck out seven and allowed five hits and two walks. Including Freeman's sixth-inning home run, deGrom surrendered four baserunners over his last six frames after working out of a first-and-third, one-out situation in the first inning.

2) Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs while Dominic Smith singled and doubled in two runs. Nori Aoki (2-for-4, 2B), Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in succession to give the Mets a 4-0 lead off R.A. Dickey in the third inning. Juan Lagares singled in the first run of the game in the second inning.

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Gelbs on Nimmo's approach 00:02:06
On Citi Pre Game Live, Steve Gelbs talks about Brandon Nimmo's approach at the plate that has led to a .406 OBP over his last ten games.

There's a youth movement afoot in Queens. The mass exodus of pending free agent veterans has left holes all over the field, and young players are jumping at the chance -- for some perhaps their last -- to prove their worth to a team in transition. While none have the pedigree of Amed Rosario or Dominic Smith, some former early-round draft picks are going to become familiar faces over the next 5 weeks.

Selected in the first round of the 2011 Draft as a raw center fielder with a good eye at the plate, Brandon Nimmo had the misfortune of being yet another lefty outfielder on a team overflowing with them. The departures of Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson have left the door wide open, though, and he should get a long look as a potential fourth outfielder for 2018.

While Nimmo has shown little power in his professional career, his 13.6 percent walk rate in the minors shows he has the potential to get on base at an elite rate. Early indicators suggest this approach is translating at the major league level, though the hit tool needs to continue to develop in order to justify the lack of power and vulnerability to strikeouts...

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Jose Reyes has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to an oblique injury, it was announced Thursday.

Wilmer Flores, who was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sore rib, worked out before the game and will remain on the active roster, reports Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News.

The Mets have recalled both Matt Reynolds -- who is in Thursday night's lineup -- and Gavin Cecchini from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Since Flores is able to remain active, the Mets will have to demote an additional player.

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Cecchini's first career home run 00:00:38
Gavin Cecchini blasts a two-run bomb to center field in the top of the fifth inning off Clayton Kershaw for his first career home run.

Triple-A infielder Gavin Cecchini did fine during a cameo with the Mets in mid-June, going 4-for-14 with a home run and two RBI during five games handling second base when Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera were on the disabled list.

That said, could Cecchini be a factor as a starting infielder for the Mets in 2018?

After all, Jose Reyes, Walker and Cabrera are all poised to be free agents -- provided, of course, the Mets decline Cabrera's $8.5 million team option. And, while Amed Rosario is expected to fill the shortstop void, the Mets potentially could have openings at second and third base, depending on their inclination to make Wilmer Flores an everyday player.

However, anointing Cecchini a starter next season would not be a wise call, according to multiple scouts assigned to watching the Mets. Three scouts polled Thursday unanimously projected Cecchini to stick in the majors during his career, but not as an everyday player.

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Sep 16, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) celebrates his solo home run against the Minnesota Twins with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 16, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) celebrates his solo home run against the Minnesota Twins with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have activated INF Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) from the disabled list and optioned INF Gavin Cecchini to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The team is considering whether to put Cabrera at second base in order to keep Jose Reyes at shortstop, Terry Collins said Thursday, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Cabrera injured his thumb in early June and is expected to return from the disabled list this weekend, Sandy Alderson said earlier this week.

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Cecchini's first career home run 00:00:38
Gavin Cecchini blasts a two-run bomb to center field in the top of the fifth inning off Clayton Kershaw for his first career home run.

Mets rookie infielder Gavin Cecchini hit his first career home run Monday night, and did it against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who is widely considered the best pitcher in baseball.

"It's obviously a good feeling to be able to hit my first home run, and have it to be off of the unbelievable pitcher that he is," Cecchini said after the game. "He made a mistake and hung a curveball, and I put my best swing on it."

According to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, in advance of facing Kershaw, Cecchini watched plenty of video about the pitcher, plus sought out advice from veterans Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce.

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Jun 13, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) forces out Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) on a fielder's choice hit by Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (not pictured) during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jun 13, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) forces out Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) on a fielder's choice hit by Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (not pictured) during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets second baseman Neil Walker has a partially torn left hamstring and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Thursday.

Walker, who exited Wednesday's game due to the injury, was replaced on the 25-man roster by INF Gavin Cecchini, who was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The hope is that he'll be able to begin rehabbing the injury in two or three weeks, GM Sandy Alderson said.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera, who exited Saturday's game due to a jammed left thumb, felt good Monday after hitting in the batting cage, manager Terry Collins said.

The Mets had summoned INF Gavin Cecchini from Triple-A Las Vegas in case they decided to place Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list.

Collins said Cabrera -- who hasn't taken ground balls since the injury -- would almost certainly not play on Monday night, but added that Cabrera's thumb had improved dramatically and that he could serve as a bat off the bench even if he misses numerous games.

Collins said Cabrera would almost certainly not play on Monday night, but added that Cabrera's thumb had improved dramatically and that he could serve as a bat off the bench even if he misses numerous games...

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Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)

OF Michael Conforto: He's batting .421 with two HR, as well as six strikeouts, through 22 at-bats during eight games for the Mets this spring. He's looked outstanding at the plate. He's back to being comfortable, smooth and handling left-handed pitching like a veteran.

I still have no idea how this is going to play out for him, though. I can see a scenario where he hits .400 and crushes the ball all spring, yet, because Jay Bruce is still on the roster, Conforto starts 2017 in Triple-A. The thing is, I have no idea how the Mets will justify this move, especially if he keeps showing he's their best option in right field...

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Photo: Chris McShane
Photo: Chris McShane

The Mets' top prospect for 2017 is 21-year-old SS Amed Rosario, according an organizational Top 10 list by Baseball America..

The team recently added Rosario, RHP Marcos Molina, OF Wuilmer Becerra, RHP Chris Flexen, and Nido to their 40-man roster, which will protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft.

According to TPG Mets, no other players on BA's top 10 list are eligible.

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Cecchini during an Arizona Fall League game at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Cecchini during an Arizona Fall League game at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In 53 at-bats during the Arizona Fall League, Mets SS prospect Gavin Cecchini is batting .283 with a .335 OBP, six extra base hits and six RBI.

According to MLB.com, 21 of baseball's top 100 prospects are playing in the AFL.

"I'm definitely glad to be here," Cecchini told MiLB.com this past weekend. "The more baseball you play, the more reps you get, the better you're going to be. Any time you get to play baseball, you get to work on the things you need to work on, and that's all that matters."

In 14 games this fall, he has played 13 games at shortstop and one at second base.

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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gavin Cecchini of the New York Mets against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Camelback Ranch. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gavin Cecchini of the New York Mets against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Camelback Ranch. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mets infield prospect Gavin Cecchini returned to shortstop in the Arizona Fall League on Monday after starting at second base the game before.Cecchini, 22, has four hits in 12 at-bats, including two doubles and three walks, during four games.

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Infielder Gavin Cecchini is ranked as the Mets third-best prospects.
Infielder Gavin Cecchini is ranked as the Mets third-best prospects.

The Mets have four prospects playing in the Arizona Fall league: SS Gavin Cecchini, RHP Marcos Molina, OF Champ Stuart and OF Tim Tebow.Here is how each of them faired after the first week of games at the AFL...

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Sunday, 2012 first-round draft pick SS?Gavin Cecchini?extended his current hitting streak to seven games, during which time he is batting?.500/.531/.679 with three doubles, a triple, three walks and?seven strikeouts.

This might well be his most productive seven games as a professional.

Cecchini, 20, had an eight-game hitting streak in 2012 with Kingsport, as well as a?16-game hitting streak with Brooklyn in 2013,?but he's never run a slugging percentage of .679 over any seven-game stretch before.

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5?

Batting second, and playing CF, Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout.

TJ Rivera's fifth inning grand slam snapped a 2-2 tie and put St. Lucie ahead for good. The 25-year-old Rivera played his first professional game at first base in this one, while going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and 5 RBI. This will be the third separate season Rivera has played at St. Lucie after earning a promotion from Savannah in 2012. I thought coming into this year, that Rivera had a chance to break spring training as a backup middle infielder in AA, but the BMets are only carrying two middle infielders: Wilfredo Tovar and Matt Reynolds. Rivera is probably a more productive hitter in advanced-A than Cole Frenzel or the recently released Chris Garcia.

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This spot, #12, and shortstop Gavin Cecchini is the spot where my tiered ranking concept is no longer useful. Cecchini is different enough from the guys behind him on the list RHP Gabriel Ynoa and Michael Fulmer and the guy in front of him, that it just does not make sense to group them all together.

 

#12 ? SS Gavin Cecchini

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John asks:

Is Gavin Cecchini on the verge of a make or break year as a prospect? He had a solid average in a pitcher friendly NY Penn League, but his power numbers are really lacking. ?A lot of reports I read are down on him, and was just wondering your take Toby. ?Thanks.

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SSA: @ Staten Island Yankees 5, Brooklyn Cyclones 3?

Hitting streaks are funny things. After hitting safely in 16 straight games, SS Gavin Cecchini (.286/.318/.333 - 39 gms) has now taken the collar in three straight, going 0-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout Wednesday. In 39 games this year, the 19-year-old has eight walks and 25 strikeouts. That's just a walk rate of 5% after 8.2% a year ago. All young hitters work on approach and swing mechanics at the same time. Cecchinini, for all the baseball in his family, is no different.

 

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http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=29861159

SNY.tv checks in with prospect Gavin Cecchini, a 2012 Mets first round pick, to gauge his progress this season with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Hear from Cecchini, as well as Brooklyn manager Rich Donnelly and Cyclones hitting coach Bobby Malek.

Cecchini just finished up a 16-game hitting streak, the second-longest in Brooklyn team history. Since returning from a sprained ankle, he's hit .315/.340/.360 in 22 games. My pre-season #7 prospect, he has the hands and arm for short. Cecchini will not blow anyone away with his raw speed, but the Mets see enough in his feet to remain at the position.

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Sunday, SS Gavin Cecchini was 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. In his streak, he is hitting .409/.437/.470. Cecchini needs one more game to tie Lucas Duda for the Cyclones' record at 17 straight games. Overall, the 19-year-old is hitting .309/.342/.360 in 35 games, which would be good enough for sixth in the NYP if he had enough PA to qualify for the batting title. If the first round pick in 2012, plays more or less everyday for the next three weeks, he should have no problem qualifying. Fun fact: the last 15-game hitting streak in Cyclones history belonged to Ike Davis in late June/early July 2008.

LF?Jared King, the Mets' fifth round pick in 2013 was 3-for-3 with a walk Sunday in his third game back from the DL. He's hit .268/.367/.350 overall with 25 walks against 37 strikeouts in 45 games.

Robert Gsellman continued his domination of the NYP: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. When I saw him in Savannah in May,?after a great performance for the Gnats, after an outing in which the 20-year-old threw 62 fastballs, 25 changeups and two curveballs, I wrote,

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SSA: Vermont Lake Monsters 1, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 0?

SS Gavin Cecchini was 4-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 15 straight games. In that time he has hit .419/.439/.484 (26-for-62) with four doubles, three walks, and eight strikeouts. Sure, that's a lot of singles, but it's a lot of singles. The 19-year-old is now up to .311/.340/.364 in 34 games for the Cyclones this year in a NYP that averages .244/.318/.345 with an average age of 21.1.

The last teenager to hit .300 and play 30+ games in Brooklyn: Alhaji Turay in 2002, who hit .327/.380/.484 in 40 contests.

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SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 6, Vermont Lake Monsters (A's) 4?

SS Gavin Cecchini: 1-for-4, BB to run his hitting streak to 14 straight games. He's hitting .379/.403/.448 in those 14 games with four doubles, three walks, and eight strikeouts. Overall, he's now hitting .289/.321/.344 in 33 games in the NYP as a 19-year-old.

John Gant was solid, but dealt with 10 baserunners in six innings: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

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http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=29640437

This is from Sunday's Brooklyn game in which 2B LJ Mazzilli was 4-for-5 with two RBI.

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SSASunday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Lowell Spinners 0Monday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Lowell Spinners (BOS) 3

Monday, SS Gavin Cecchini was officially placed on the Brooklyn Cyclones' disabled list with a left ankle sprain. One of the reasons I dislike holding players back to play in short-season ball is that a common, minor injury like an ankle sprain or hamstring or quad strain could well mean a player would miss 1/6-1/3 of the season by sitting out for two weeks to a month.

 

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SSA: @ Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL) 7, Brooklyn Cyclones 5?

We've seen this story before. The Cyclones built a 5-1 lead after three innings but could not hold it thanks to a five-run Aberdeen fifth inning.

SS Gavin Cecchini was 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI and his third error of the year. He's hit .250/.295/.300 in his first 10 games as a Cyclone with two doubles, three walks and eight strikeouts. That seems like a reasonable first week and a half for the 19-year-old. Remove his season-opening 0-for-7 and he's hitting .303 (10-for-33) and now we're into Small Sample Size Silliness.

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I don't know if Gavin Cecchini is the most enthusiastic baseball player I've ever met, but it's close. After talking with him for a few minutes, I felt exhausted. Ok, I kid, but the Mets first round pick in 2012, is a high, high energy guy.

The following is a conversation we had after the first day of Spring Training for STEP Camp position players on February 28, 2013.

 

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Yesterday, I put up a link to Baseball America, who had ranking Mets SS Gavin Cecchini #12 the #12 prospect in the Appalachian League. ?The comment section was largely, but not exclusively, negative about Cecchini. Maybe it's because the Mets are 71-84, and headed for their fourth straight losing season and sixth straight out of the playoffs and therefore, everything the Mets do is wrong. ?Apparently, there is no escaping that climate of complaining.

CecchiniCecchini is a gifted defensive shortstop, who, as an 18-year old, hit .246/.311/.330 in 53 games in the Appalachian League which as a whole averaged .254/.329/.382. ?He showed some strike zone control, with a 2.4 K/BB ratio (43 K/18 BB) and a strikeout rate of 19% and a walk rate of 8%. Oh, and he played August while recovering from a broken finger. He was young for his league.

I liked Cecchini's swing more than I was expecting too, but he will need to add strength to his wiry frame. Defensively, his hands were fine for short. However, I left concerned about his range. The game I saw, he did not produce an average running time to first. It's hard to play an average shortstop without average to plus speed. In my opinion, it is nearly impossible?to be a plus shortstop without plus speed. In Cecchini's defense, he was running on a wet track, and I saw him for one game and one BP/infield session only.

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Baseball America named Gavin Cecchini, ?the Mets' top pick, the 12th overall pick this year, the #12 prospect in a loaded Appalachian League. Matt Eddy began his League top 20 with Byron Buxton, Courtney Hawkins (#13 overall this year) and Bubba Starling.

He wrote of Cecchini in part:

He possesses the footwork, hands and range to be an average shortstop, but he'll need to further develop his average though accurate arm to seal the deal. He has average speed and is a plus baserunner.

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Friend of the site, Mike Newman, formerly of Scouting the Sally, now of Fangraphs took a look at the Kingsport Mets.

On Gavin Cecchini "I?d be remiss to not mention his hit tool was better than I was expecting... Cecchini is unlikely to become an impact bat due to lack of power, but true shortstop prospects are difficult to come by so he does not have to be."

2B Brendan Kaupe (pictured)?"A switch hitter, the 18-year old has excellent bat speed from both sides of the plate and appeared to have an advanced understanding of how to work counts to his favor. He also showed 55 speed from the left side by running a 4.15 home-to-first time and could likely match that from the right side as well.... He?s a nice player though and a steal compared to the average fourth rounder I see in person."

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SS Gavin Cecchini, the Mets first round pick in the 2012 draft, is heading from Kingsport to the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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The 18-year old Cecchini hit .246/.311/.330 with 12 extra-base hits, 18 walks and 43 strikeouts for the Kingsport Mets this year. Since returning from a broken pinkie on August 18th, he has DHed only. He has not played a game of shortstop since August 1.?That leaves Philip Evans at shortstop for now for the Cyclones.

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SSA: Tri-City Valley Cats (HOU) 4, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3?(11 innings)

Not a Cyclone, but 1B Jesse Wierzbicki had the first cycle in 'Cats history and hit a two-run homer in the 11th to win it. He's 23 in the New York Penn League from UNC in his second year as a professional. Feel free to forget the name.

RHP?Gabriel Ynoa had another nice start: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. I'm a fan, at least as far as a I can go with a guy with an averagish MLB fastball in the New York-Penn League. The 19-year old has a sweet looking 6.9 K/BB ratio (55 K/8 BB) in 66.2 innings and feel for throwing strikes. He should be in the Top 41 too.

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R: @ Greeneville Astros 7, Kingsport Mets 4?

Steven Matz did not start. Instead, Persio Reyes took his spot in the rotation. According to K-Mets manager Jose Leger, Matz has been shut down for a few days as he "was feeling some muscle tightness. His shoulder was tight and so was his trap." He has not thrown in the last week, and will not until his muscle relaxes and loosens up. In his last 18 innings in the Appalachian League, Matz had 23 strikeouts and eight walks, while allowing just five hits and zero runs. Matz has made a pretty exciting return from Tommy John surgery with better velocity than the pre-surgical version of himself, but while this does not sound too serious yet, any shutdown, for a guy who has had multiple ones already, is concerning.

Gavin Cecchini left the game early after getting hit by a pitch in the top of the sixth. He was hit on the fingers on a pitch up and in. His fingers were according to Leger, "bruised up and swollen" as the pitch "got him pretty bad." All that said, the team does not believe the fingers are broken, and he should be back in just a few days. The 2012 first round pick had hit safely in five straight games with three extra-base hits in that time and was sitting at .250/.326/.371 in 34 games for Kingsport.

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With their first pick in the 2012 draft, at #12 overall, the Mets selected Louisiana high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini.

Where most players straight from high school begin their career in the so-called complex leagues in the Gulf Coast League or the Arizona Rookie League, the Mets dropped their GCL affiliate for the 2012 season. That pushed Cecchini and his high school cohort up to the more advanced rookie level in the Appalachian League, where the Kingsport Mets are struggling to a 4-16 start. As far as his personal adjustment to Kingsport, Cecchini claimed to be at home, "It's the same game. It's baseball. As long as you play the game hard, and play the game the right way, everything will take care of itself," he said before a recent game in Johnson City, Tennessee. "Your stats will take care of themselves, wins will take care of ?themselves, everything."

K-Mets' manager Jose Leger thought his first-rounder was off to a fine start, "He's doing very well, Leger said. "A lot better than expected being such a young kid. He's already learning the game. You see the progress that he's made. He didn't even look overmatched at the beginning, which you would think him being so young, he'd be a little bit overmatched in this league which is a level higher than [kids] usually play at."

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SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 7, @ State College Spikes (PIT) 4?

CF Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-5 with a double (his sixth), a walk and a strikeout. It was his fourth-straight multi hit game. He's up to .351/.442/.486 in his last 10 games with four extra-base hits and six walks against 12 strikeouts. He's up to .250/.397/.396 in 27 games in Brooklyn.

Both LF Stefan Sabol?(.292/.422/.416 - 25 games) and 1B Jayce Boyd?(.275/.333/.451 - 13 games) picked up two hits each.

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SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 9, Williamsport Crosscutters (PHI) 5

The Cyclones won their sixth straight thanks to homeruns from CF Brandon Nimmo, his second and LF Stefan Sabol, his first.

Nimmo (pictured) is hitting .182/.370/.327 with two doubles, ?two homers and 15 walks against 14 strikeouts in his 16 games. Four of his 10 hits have gone for extra-bases. Both homers came in the last five games so perhaps he is learning already which pitches to pick and drive. Again, that's two more home runs than Ike Davis hit for Brooklyn in 2008.

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