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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Gavin Cecchini

As you may have read before, I don’t envision Gavin Cecchini becomes a reliable starter for the Mets. However, I do think he can play a role as a utility infielder. This could begin as soon as 2019 when the Mets move on from Jose Reyes. If we’re lucky, they do that sooner.

Cecchini is a light-hitting infielder whose role with the Mets should come as a bench player. Though the Mets could have an opportunity to play him regularly at second base next year, I do believe they should stick with a veteran for now.

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One of the weaknesses for the 2018 team has been depth. Reyes isn’t hitting and Wilmer Flores has underperformed. Cecchini may have some early growing pains next year, but it could be worth it if he develops into something more.

Ultimately, I envision Cecchini becomes a 300 plate appearances per year guy the Mets can use all over the infield and occasionally in the outfield. He’s a good player, but not 162 game material. Light-hitting guys like him with no major tool fit well in this role. The upside for him is the chance to develop into a super utility player. Every team could use one of them.

Cecchini should see some action this year. The Mets have suffered plenty of injuries to justify a promotion for this kid.

Despite playing in parts of two seasons with the big league club, Cecchini still qualifies as a rookie. He’s hitting for a high average with the Las Vegas 51s this season, further showcasing some of the damage he can do in the majors.

Already at 24, Cecchini is well behind other first-round draft picks from 2012. Fellow first-round pick from 2012 and current Met, Kevin Plawecki, has already dug his heels onto the roster. Meanwhile, Cecchini will look to catch up this year and make his own mark next season as a permanent fixture.

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