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.
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.