Short Season Sunday: Cecchini Extends Hitting Streak to 16

Cecchini Cyclones HeadSunday, SS Gavin Cecchini was 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. In his streak, he is hitting .409/.437/.470. Cecchini needs one more game to tie Lucas Duda for the Cyclones’ record at 17 straight games. Overall, the 19-year-old is hitting .309/.342/.360 in 35 games, which would be good enough for sixth in the NYP if he had enough PA to qualify for the batting title. If the first round pick in 2012, plays more or less everyday for the next three weeks, he should have no problem qualifying. Fun fact: the last 15-game hitting streak in Cyclones history belonged to Ike Davis in late June/early July 2008.

LF Jared King, the Mets’ fifth round pick in 2013 was 3-for-3 with a walk Sunday in his third game back from the DL. He’s hit .268/.367/.350 overall with 25 walks against 37 strikeouts in 45 games.

Robert Gsellman continued his domination of the NYP: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. When I saw him in Savannah in May, after a great performance for the Gnats, after an outing in which the 20-year-old threw 62 fastballs, 25 changeups and two curveballs, I wrote,

His fastball was 89-92 on Thursday. He has size (6’4″), poise, and feel for his fastball and changeup. All the same, his fastball is no better than average now, and his breaking ball is rudimentary.

It is certainly an uncommon profile when you mix his age and repertoire together. I want to see something else (more fastball velo, or more likely a more consistent breaking ball) before anointing him a big-time prospect, but he certainly has my full attention.

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