Mike Newman Scouts the K-Mets: Gavin Cecchini, Brendan Kaupe and Akeel Morris

Friend of the site, Mike Newman, formerly of Scouting the Sally, now of Fangraphs took a look at the Kingsport Mets.

On Gavin Cecchini
“I’d be remiss to not mention his hit tool was better than I was expecting… Cecchini is unlikely to become an impact bat due to lack of power, but true shortstop prospects are difficult to come by so he does not have to be.”

2B Brendan Kaupe (pictured) 
“A switch hitter, the 18-year old has excellent bat speed from both sides of the plate and appeared to have an advanced understanding of how to work counts to his favor. He also showed 55 speed from the left side by running a 4.15 home-to-first time and could likely match that from the right side as well…. He’s a nice player though and a steal compared to the average fourth rounder I see in person.”

RHP Akeel Morris
“In game action, Morris’ fastball was 90-93 MPH with improved command throughout the outing. The velocity was less than I was expecting and his max effort delivery, combined with a tendency to short arm the baseball definitely speaks to a bullpen profile. His breaking ball was a tight, 77 MPH curve which benefited from his short arm action. As a two-pitch reliever, he has some potential, but his days as a starter are likely over.”

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