Posted by Mack Ade at 10:00 AM
My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
# 32 –
SS Gavin Cecchini - SS – 20-years old - #1 draft pick (12th overall) in 2012 draft
$2.300.000 bonus – 6-2/180 – No college – Barbe HS (LA)
2012 – K-Port, 191-AB, .246/.311/.330/641/1-HH/22-RBI
Brooklyn, 5-AB, .000/.167/.000/167, 0-HR, 0-RBI
2013 – Brooklyn, 194-AB, .273/.319/.314/633, 0-HR, 14-RBI
2014 – Savannah, 228-AB, .259/.333/.408/741, 3-HR, 25-RBI
St. Lucie, 233-AB, .236/.325/.352/677, 5-HR, 31-RBI
Binghamton, 4-AB .250/.250/.250/500. 0-HR, 0-RBI
Cecchini surprised just about everyone in the draft room when the Mets chose him for the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Everyone close to the Mets expected them to pick slugging outfielder Courtney Hawkins with that pick, who wound up being picked next at #13 by the Chicago White Sox. (all he’s done is hit 19/HRs a season for two seasons for the A+ CWS affiliate, Winston-Salem).
I remember draft day and we all were looking through our player notes, trying to find something on Cecchini. We walked away that day realizing that this was a player that basically had no ‘tool’ that made him stand out as a potential future baseball star.
Addison Russell and Corey Seager, who are shortstops and were both chosen in this round are full of tools. Cecchini isn’t.
He has no power, he isn’t a gap hitter, and doesn’t have the speed that is going to make him lead the league in triples.
Defensiive, after watching him take groundballs with Amed Rosario and Luis Guillmorme, Richard Justice of Baseball America wrote that he looked awkward at best and was probably playing ‘out of position’.
Your 12th pick overall shortstop being played ‘out of position’?
Gaven was also drafted for his exceptional defensive skills that seem to be deteriorating at each level he climbs to:
2012- Kingsport - .964 fielding percentage
2013 – Brooklyn - .964 fielding percentage
2014 – Savannah - .947 fielding percentage
St. Lucie - .935 fielding percentage
In summation – I found it increasing difficult to not rank Cecchini below Luis Guillorme who has frankly over-performed as much as Cecchini has accomplished the reverse. There just isn’t enough beef here of an ex-first round pick that got a $2.3mil signing bonus.
First, he was never known for his pop. Now even his defensive skills are coming into question.
I ranked him one slot over out of respect for his pedigree. It’s a one time pass.
I’m not exactly sure what team he is going to have to open with this season but he needs to step up on the first tee and hit one 270 down the middle with his three wood.
Still, wherever he starts doesn’t matter. It is Binghamton where he will make it or break it this season and this could be easily the last time you see his name on any major prospect lists, including mine.
The one good thing you can walk away with here is his combined 8-HR, 56-RBI generated last year between Savannah and St. Lucie, at the age of 20.
We’’ll just have to keep a real close eye on him this season.