Mets infield prospect Gavin Cecchini went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs, a run scored and a walk for the Scottsdale Scorpions during Tuesday's Arizona Fall League opener.
Cecchini, 22, hit third and started at shortstop.
In 117 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this past season, Cecchini hit .325 with a .390 OBP, with 8 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.
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.
He started playing some second base toward the end of last season. I assumed he would be playing second in the Arizona Fall League as well, especially with Neil Walker's future in Queens up in the air. However, Cecchini told ESPN's Adam Rubin after the game that, as far as he knows, he will be mostly playing shortstop during the AFL.