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.
"He is not a starter next season, offensively or defensively," an AL scout said. "He can't throw accurately and he doesn't hit enough."
The 23-year-old Cecchini originally was selected in the first round (12th overall) out of high school in Louisiana back in 2012. He exclusively played shortstop his first four years in the Mets organization, then started three games at second base for Triple-A Las Vegas and once in the Arizona Fall League during 2016.
This year, Cecchini primarily has played second base. During his time in Triple-A, he has started 66 games at second and eight at shortstop.
"He looks best suited for the right side of the infield, second base," said another AL scout, who agrees that Cecchini is not fit to be an everyday player. That said, "I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up a utility player on a good team," the scout added.
Following a 2-for-5 night Thursday in Triple-A, Cecchini is hitting a modest .257 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 304 at-bats this season with Las Vegas.
"He's a short-term fill," an NL scout said, when asked directly if Cecchini could be a starter next season. "He's better at second base, but lacks the bat or premium defense to carry him there."
Adam Rubin (Facebook | Twitter | Contact) has covered the Mets since 2002. He previously worked for the Daily News and ESPN. He also serves as assistant athletic director for strategic communications at NYIT. He is a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the University of Pennsylvania.