Top 41: #12 SS Gavin Cecchini

This spot, #12, and shortstop Gavin Cecchini is the spot where my tiered ranking concept is no longer useful. Cecchini is different enough from the guys behind him on the list RHP Gabriel Ynoa and Michael Fulmer and the guy in front of him, that it just does not make sense to group them all together.

 

#12 – SS Gavin Cecchini

Cecchini Cyclones HeadBats/Throws: Right/Right
Height/Weight:  6’1”, 180 lbs
Acquired: 1st rd (12th overall) ‘12 (Alfred M. Barbe HS)
Born:  12/22/93 (Lake Charles, LA)

2013 Rank: #7 Stats
Why Ranked Here: Cecchini slips five spots from a year ago because the system has gotten better and he performed to expectations, but not above them in 2013.

The Mets’ first round pick in 2012, the key to his value is his position. The Mets think he can be an average, to slightly above defender at short. He’s not going to blow anyone away with his speed – at best he’s an average runner. However, when I’ve seen him, I thought his hands worked well enough and he had plenty of arm for shortstop. The speed will be something to watch – if he does fill out and lose a step or two, his range will be subpar.

Cecchini’s defense will get him to the big leagues. However, he will have to hit to project to be an above average regular. The range on value of average defensive shortstops in MLB spans replacement-level performers and borderline stars like Ian Desmond and Jhonny Peralta. At the plate, I like the way his hands work, he gets to the ball quickly and efficiently. He has almost no stride, putting his front foot down in almost the same spot in which it started. Mostly, he needs to add strength to help his offensive game. He will always have below average power, so there’s relatively little chance he can be a star. However, a shortstop who plays average defense and gets on base is a well above average regular.
2013:  A sprained ankle kept Cecchini out of action from July 4th through 26th. When he returned, he hit, putting together a 16-game hitting streak in August from July 31-August 18, finishing one shy of Lucas Duda’s Brooklyn franchise record, bopping .409/.437/.470 in his run with four walks against nine strikeouts and a .466 BABIP.

One other thing to keep in mind about Cecchini’s performance in 2013: he was playing two years younger than NYP average, and the League as a whole hit .242/.313/.338.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Above-average MLB shortstop. The Mets could use one of those in a hurry.
Debbie Downer Says: Omar Quintanilla.  
Projected 2014 Start: Savannah
MLB Arrival: Summer 2016.

Recent Stats
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;G;AB;H;2B;3B;HR;BB;SO;AVG;OBP;SLG;

2012 APP;53;191;47;9;2;1;18;43;.246;.311;.330;

2012 NYP;5;5;0;0;0;0;0;1;.000;.167;.000;

2013 NYP;51;194;53;8;0;0;14;30;.273;.319;.314;

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;XBH%;SO%;BB%;HR%;BABIP;Iso ;

2012 APP;5.7;20.3;8.5;0.5;.309;.084;

2012 NYP;0.0;16.7;0.0;0.0;.000;.000;

2013 NYP;3.8;14.2;6.6;0.0;.319;.041;

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