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.
"I'm trying to work on everything," Cecchini added. "I've been happy with how the AFL has gone. I've made adjustments throughout."
Cecchini during an Arizona Fall League game at Camelback Ranch (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
In 117 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this past season, Cecchini hit .325 with a .390 OBP, eight HR, 27 doubles and 55 RBI, while striking out just 55 times in 446 at-bats.
He had two hits in just six at-bats during his time with the Mets in September. In July, Cecchini was ranked the organization's third-best prospect by MLB.com.
Oct. 12: Cecchini has baseball in his blood. He's repeatedly described to me in a way that is reminiscent of Daniel Murphy. Basically, there is no one skill that stands out, yet he finds a way into the lineup, he does his job, he almost always has an impact on the game and he's ready to get back after it the next day.
I like that he can draw a walk, put the ball in play and rarely strikes out. He's a gap-to-gap hitter, not a big power guy, but he's got nice instincts at the plate, knows the situation and will give himself up if need be.