This is the second year where we are walking through the previous season’s Baseball America’s Top Prospect handbook, looking at the all the Mets to see how they are developing against Baseball America’s Projections.
I lied yesterday when I said that Tomas Nido is the name on the list you are probably most familiar with. That honor has to go to today’s prospect who made it to the bigs one year earlier than Nido, Gavin Cecchini.
Gavin first saw time with the Mets for a cup of coffee in in 2016 at the age of 22. He hit .333/.429/.667 over 4 games and 7 PAs, so pretty much the definition of a small sample size. The Mets got a much longer look at him the following year were he played in 32 games with 82 PAs hitting .208/.256/.273.
BA talked about how he had a lot to prove in 2018 after that slash line in 2017. And he started too, hitting .301/.347/.469 in the minors that year before he took a pitch off his hand that knocked him out of playing for a while. BA wrote that his future in 2019 would be determined by his bat as he would be back in Triple A for a 4th season. Across the minors last year he did ok, hitting .248/.305/.344 over 177 PAs while other players on the Mets system started to move up around him.
He was granted free agency at the end of the season and hasn’t signed with a team yet for 2020. A long time fixture in the Mets system, since he was 18, we wish him nothing but the best and hope that he make it back to the majors with another team in 2020.