The New York Mets added their fourth first round pick of the Sandy Alderson regime last Thursday, when the team added outfielder Michael Conforto to the organization. Alderson's first round picks have drawn various levels of hype, with 2011 draftee Brandon Nimmo making the Futures Game last season and 2013 draftee Dominic Smith drawing rave reviews. The news on the other first round pick, 2012 first rounder Gavin Cecchini, has been very quiet. We will check in on Cecchini's progress for this week's edition of Minor League Mondays.
Cecchini, 20, is playing in his first full season of minor league ball with the Savannah Sand Gnats, and he is holding his own. Cecchini is hitting .255 with three home runs and 24 RBI's in his first 53 games of the season. Cecchini also has 15 doubles and three triples to his name, showcasing some of the line drive ability that the scouts raved about when he was drafted. Cecchini is also showing some speed, racking up seven steals in eight attempts.
Cecchini's strong start has earned him a trip to the South Atlantic League All Star game. Cecchini is one of many Met farm hands in the lower levels to earn All Star appearances, Cecchini, like most Alderson draft picks, has shown a good eye at the plate too, racking up a .335 on base percentage and has drawn 25 walks compared to 40 strikeouts. Cecchini will likely spend the entire season with the Sand Gnats, but could cameo with Port St. Lucie if he heats back up (Cecchini is hitting only .200 in the month of June). Cecchini likely won't be a factor for the Mets until 2016 at the earliest, but he is handling himself well.
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