Former first-round pick Gavin Cecchini was recently designated for assignment by the New York Mets. Let’s take a look at some other players the Mets could have taken instead of him.
Major League Baseball drafts are interesting when compared to those of the NFL or NBA because unlike those two, MLB players often don’t appear in the majors until several years after they are drafted, and instead spend time in the minors to develop.
This makes it harder to predict which young will make the biggest impact down the line, but the first round picks usually have the best raw talent and are expected to eventually contribute in the major leagues at some point in their career.
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Originally picked 12th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft, the 18-year-old Cecchini opted to forgo attending college and playing baseball at Ole Miss, opting to sign with the New York Mets straight out of high school. Prior to the draft, he was described by scouts as a “good athlete, highest level hitter and has outstanding middle infield tools”.
Cecchini spent his first four years as a professional baseball player in the Mets’ minor league system before getting his first call up to the big leagues in September of 2012. However, his first call up was largely uneventful as he only appeared in 4 total games, logging 2 hits and 2 RBI in 7 plate appearances.
He began the 2017 season back in the minors but was called up to the big leagues once again later in the year. However, he failed to produce at a high level, batting .208 with a .256 OBP in 32 games for the Mets. This would be his last season appearing in the big leagues.
Cecchini spent the entirety of the 2018 season in the minor leagues and on January 28th, 2019 the Mets designated him for assignment to make room on the 40 man roster for newly signed reliever Justin Wilson.
Needless to say, the Mets would like to do over their 2012 draft if they could.
Looking back on it, there were several players who have had much more productive careers who were drafted after Cecchini, many of whom could have been big contributors for the Mets had they selected them instead.
Here are four players the Mets should have taken over Gavin Cecchini in the 2012 draft.