Coming into 2018 Gavin Cecchini was the #13 prospect in the Mets system. So much (and then so little) happened with Gavin in 2018.
Coming into 2018, Gavin had major league playing time in both 2016 and 2017 in the middle of the infield. 2016 he got very little playing time, getting 6 AB’s scattered across 4 games and recording 2 hits, both doubles (he hit .325/.390/.448 in Vegas). In 2016 he was battling both Matt Reynolds and TJ Rivera for playing time. The former was the utility player that looked to get the bulk of the time and the latter ended up surprising a lot of people.
Gavin then got an extended chance over 77 AB’s in 2017 but hit only .208/.256/.273. Combined with Vegas numbers of .267/.329/.380, this was a massive step back. Gavin was given an extended look at the end of the season when Rivera, who was turning heads again, went down and needed Tommy John.
Cecchini had a strong spring and was hitting .301/.347/.469 in Vegas until early May. In Queens, the Mets were struggling with Reyes and for a third straight season, it looked like a door was about to open for Gavin. Gavin fouled a ball off his foot and wasn’t able to play for the rest of the season. Then Jeff McNeil emerged. Even a healthy Gavin at the end of the season would have struggled to find playing time on the 2018 Mets.
So that’s where we are with Gavin. He plays a position where the Mets have a bit of depth (and a lot of health question marks). He’ll be competing for a bench role or maybe another team will try to pry him away for the Mets. It feels unfair that his moments of brilliance didn’t coincide with doors being opened by injuries and his own injury opening the door for another player.