The New York Mets have experienced many rebuilds throughout their history. The point of rebuilding is to strengthen the farm system and build for the future. This can be achieved by trading for prospects, drafting well particularly in the first few rounds, and spending on international free agents. Some trades are successful, such as sending Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler in 2011. Some are complete busts, such as the Seattle Mariners trading James Paxton to the NY Yankees for Justus Sheffield in 2019.
Having a high pick in the draft means the organization can select just about any of the top high school or college players in the United States. Once this player is selected in the first round, evaluators from sources such as MLB Pipeline label this player a "top 100 prospect" since they are so highly regarded. Most evaluations are correct, such as Michael Conforto being drafted 10th overall in 2014 and becoming the Mets' top prospect. However, being taken in the first round guarantees nothing and the evaluators can be just overhyping a young prospect. Since MLB Pipeline began posting their top 100 prospects in 2011, which of the Mets' young assets turned out to be busts?
1. Gavin Cecchini
The 2012 MLB draft turned out many all-star players we are still watching today. At 12th overall, the Mets selected infielder Gavin Cecchini out of Alfred M. Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Cecchini was profiled as a solid defensive middle infielder with the tools to become a low-strikeout, gap-to-gap type of hitter, similar to that of Jeff McNeil. Upon all of the hype, Cecchini became the Mets' 6th best prospect by the end of 2013.
After missing time due to injury in 2013, Cecchini did not impress in his first full season in the minor leagues. In 2014, he played 126 games between Single-A Savannah and High-A St. Lucie, batting just .247 with 8 home runs and 56 RBI. He gave the Mets confidence after bouncing back to hit .317 with 7 home runs and 26 doubles at AA Binghamton in 2015.
Though Cecchini improved offensively with each step he climbed through the minor leagues, he would not make his debut until September of 2016 playing in just 4 games. He did have a memorable 2 RBI game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the team’s stretch run for the Wild Card. However, Cecchini would only play 32 more games for the Mets in 2017, hitting just .208 with 1 home run and 7 RBI. After an injury-plagued 2018, he was then released by Brodie Van Wagenen in the spring of 2019. Given Cecchini’s prospect hype, he never lived up to the potential the Mets once had for him in 2012.