This is one of the stranger NRI preview articles to write, you already know Gavin! You’ve followed the team, you know their rosters for the last few seasons, you know the Gavin vs TJ Rivera race from a couple of years ago and now both players are on the outside looking in. But here we are, let’s preview him!
Earlier this season the Mets DFA’d Gavin Cecchini and he slipped back to the minors without being claimed by another team. This was a major step back for the Mets former first round pick who has been on the Mets roster for the last few seasons.
Gavin saw time with the big league club in 2016 and 2017, seasons that were filled with injuries and last year should have been another opportunity except Gavin couldn’t escape the injury bug himself and never made it up to Queens.
In his first season at 22 over 4 games and 7 PA’s Gavin was able to get two doubles. In 2017 he got a lot more playing time getting into 32 games and 82 PA’s slashing a .208/.256/.273 with a 68 DRC+. (Not Great).
Before his injury last year in 31 games and 123 PA’s he hit .301/.347/.469, which was pretty good (in 2017 in the minors he hit .267/.329/.380). The problem for Gavin is even if he was on the 40-man, the Mets are so crowded in the infield. He’s going to have to really impress this spring to fight his way back onto the roster.