Height: 6' 1" Weight: 180 lb
Acquired: 2012 Rule IV Draft, 1st Round, Alfred M. Barbe HS (Lake Charles, LA).
2014: (A/A+) .247/.328/.378, 8 HR, 56 RBI, 10 SB (71%), 57 BB, 82 K
2013: (SS-A) .273/.319/.314, 0 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB (40%), 14 BB, 30 K
2012: (Rk) .240/.307/.321, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 5 SB (56%), 18 BB, 44 K
Cecchini has an already polished smooth line drive swing that fits well at the top or bottom of any line-up. When he combines this smooth swing with an advanced eye at the plate that generates a solid K:BB ratio. His 15.4% K rate in 2014 was actually one of the best in the Mets farm system. He also has the "Sandy Alderson" mentality of "hunting for your pitch." which he uses to work deep counts multiple times a game. All of these things combined get yourself a player who fits extremely well into today's version of an MLB lead-off hitter.
Cecchini also has pop in his bat too. Scouts original gave him a lowly "30" grade for his power but he added some strength during the 2013 off-season and came into Savannah and posted a .408 slugging percentage in one of the worst places for power in all of baseball. Even more surprising is that his slugging percentage was actually 30 points HIGHER at home then on the road. His improved power became more evident when the club promoted him to a the much more even Port St. Lucie environment and his HR totals doubled in a similar number of At-Bats. This has led to scouts increasing that tool to a much better "45" slightly below average grade.
Cecchini's defense/his ability to STAY at SS is what attract the Mets to him in 2012. Many times during the draft a "SS" is drafted high because of his strong bat at what we know is a weak offensive position. However, many times, those guys fill out as they get older and they are forced off the position and end up at 3B. This EXACT thing happened to Gavin's brother Garin during his time in Boston. The older of two Cecchini's was 2 inches taller and 40 lbs heavier which led to his inability to stick at SS. This is not the case for Gavin. He's the right size (6' 1"), his hands are smooth, his movements are fluid, his arm is solidly above average, and his range is solid average as well. Amongst all the SS's in the Mets system right now (outside of Guillorme), Cecchini is the best bet to STAY at SS long term.
There's a lot to like about Cecchini, there is very little risk in his projection and while his ceiling is not something crazy, like a Troy Tulowitzski type player, he absolutely has a solid projection of turning into a .270 AVG hitter with a .330 OBP, 12-15 HR power, and above average defense. That's an Alexei Ramirez caliber player right there. Could a team ask for any more out of a 1st rounder? Probably.....but I'd rather have a solid contributor than a 1st round bust.
Ceiling: Solid MLB starting SS (Alexi Ramirez)
Floor: Back-up MLB SS.
Anticipated Assignment: (AA) Binghamton starting SS