March 8, 2013; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets glove and hat lay in the dugout against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Three Brooklyn Cyclones on Baseball America's NY Penn League Top 20 List

Today, Baseball America released their list of the top 20 New York Penn League (short season A-ball) prospects, and three Brooklyn Cyclones made the list.

Gavin Cecchini checked in at #11, Robert Gsellman was ranked 18th, and Miller Diaz was 20th.

Cecchini, 19, was drafted by the Mets with the 12th overall pick of the 2012 draft.  A shortstop, scouts view Cecchini as a solid defensive shortstop, who was plus range and a plus arm.  His offensive game is further away, but he has average speed that could become above average (according to Baseball America), and the potential to be a starter at the big league level.

Cecchini hit .273 with a .319 OBP this year for Brooklyn.  He had 8 doubles, 14 RBI’s, and scored 18 runs.

It’s likely that Cecchini will open 2014 with Low-A Savannah.

Gsellman, 20, is a right handed starting pitcher who put up a 2.00 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 12 starts spanning 72 innings for the Cyclones this season.  He struck out 8.25 batters per 9 and walked just 12 while with Brooklyn.

He was promoted late in the year, and ended the season by getting a brief taste with High-A St. Lucie.

According to Baseball America, Gsellman has the potential to be a back of the rotation starter, but not much more.  He has a fastball that sits in the low 90’s, and a slider that’s above average at times.

Gsellman will probably open 2014 with Savannah – potentially St. Lucie if the Mets push him.

Diaz, 21, is a right handed starting pitcher who had an ERA of 2.03 and a WHIP of 1.16 over 12 starts (66.2 innings) for the Cyclones this season.  He struck out 11.75 batters per 9, but was also wild – walking nearly 4.5 per 9.

According to Baseball America, Diaz profiles as a middle reliever.

Diaz will most likely open 2014 with either Savannah or St. Lucie.


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Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones Gavin Cecchini Miller Diaz New York Mets Robert Gsellman

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