"I'm just trying to stay relaxed, go out and do my thing and compete and battle," Ceciliani said after the game, according to Newsday (June 16, 10:32 pm). "The best advice a lot of guys have given me is do what got you here. Don't change. You got here for a reason so stay with what you do and relax."
In 45 plate appearances since being promoted in mid-May, Ceciliani is batting .290 with a .341 OBP, one home run and three RBI, while playing left and center field. He had been batting .336 with five HR and 17 RBI in 37 games with Triple-A Las Vegas before joining the Mets.
"If you go back and look at his minor-league resume, he's always hit," manager Terry Collins said Tuesday. "He's just had a tough time staying on the field and staying healthy. Now he has, and he's gotten to the big leagues. We like a lot of the things he brings to the party."
Matthew Cerrone: He was not a big-time prospect. Frankly, after hearing his name a lot a few Spring Trainings ago, I totally forgot he was even with the organization. However, the day he was promoted, a scout told me his timing at the plate was better this season and he was making better contact against off-speed pitches. He’s always been a Wally Backman disciple, having played for him in Brooklyn and Las Vegas, and this is evident in how hard he's been playing since being promoted. Backman once described him as, “a nice role player, not an every-day guy, but sort of the bench-version of a young Lenny Dykstra.”
He's 24, he doesn't look to be an All-Star, but there's still plenty of time for him to continue refining his game. So far, this season, he's been impressive and very helpful. He's had strong, consistent at bats, he's played a nice outfield, he runs the bases hard, he appears to be smart with good instincts, he's done a good job coming off the bench to pinch hit and he gives Terry another option for a left-handed hitter. Basically, he's being the role player Kirk Nieuwenhuis never became. I hope Darrell sticks around.