When Sandy Alderson made Gavin Cecchini his 1st round draft pick in 2012 there were some skeptics who were not enamored with the selection. He’s not the type of player who has an outstanding skill that everyone covets. He doesn’t hit the long ball like Giancarlo Stanton. He doesn’t run the bases like Billy Hamilton. He doesn’t field with the aplomb of Ozzie Smith. Yet there was something there that made the Mets use their 12th position in the draft to make him the top pick.
As he began his career in the Mets system, he moved up as you would expect from someone the club is emotionally invested in seeing succeed. However, he didn’t reassure a great many doubters during his initial foray into the professional ranks. Yes, he took quality at-bats and seemed to use the entire field but his pronounced leg kick seemed to hinder his ability to handle better pitching. His age 18 initial trial across two leagues saw him finish with a .240/1/22 slash line. Meh.