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.
"I really believe I'm a middle infielder, and I think [the Mets] do too. That's where my position is," Cecchini said, according to Newsday. "But hey, listen, you have to make the team somehow."
Cecchini focused on the angle of his swing, his hand rhythm, and staying behind the ball in order to get "the most out of my swing."
Cecchini has has hit two home runs and tallied five RBIs through five spring training games this season.
"It's more of trying to make sure you're getting underneath the ball a little bit more," manager Mickey Callaway said of Cecchini's swing. "He's a good ballplayer. Obviously showing a little bit more power this spring training than probably we've seen in the past."
Callaway acknowledged of the work Cecchini put in during the offseason, noting that the 24-year-old "looks good."
After spending 32 games with the big league team in 2017, Cecchini is vying for more opportunities in 2018. He hit .267/.329/.380 in 110 games with Triple-A Las Vegas and hit .208/.256/.273 in the majors. He is more focused on reaching the majors than being confined to any particular role.
"We have a bunch of veteran guys on this team," Cecchini said. "So anything I can put in my back pocket to say hey, I can do this. You need me to do that? I can do that. Just to help the team win"