The 2017 season has not been a good year for the Mets in any way shape or form. The major league team was wracked with injuries, the minor leagues underwhelmed and had injuries of their own and the franchise hasn’t looked very nice. As we, the sports pundits, begin to shift gears from talking about the 2017 season that was to the 2018 season that will be, I want to talk about a few moments where we expected bigger things.
Gavin Cecchini was supposed to be a player whose path to the majors was fairly safe. That was the reason the Mets drafted him and not a higher ceiling prospect like Corey Seager. Only that’s not the way things turned out. Seager, as we all know and bemoan, has turned into a top MLB shortstop, whereas Cecchini has not only had a longer road to the majors, he’s looking more and more like a mediocre bench player at best.
In 2016 he had given us reason to hope. Despite increasingly troubling defensive numbers, Cecchini put together an .838 OPS in AAA and had a fine four-game audition in the majors. If he could build upon his growth in 2016 the Mets could look to slide him into the starting second baseman’s position and likely a strong #2 hitter. That was not to be.
This was the case for a number of Mets in the minors. Justin Dunn, Wuilmer Becerra, David Thompson, Desmond Lindsay and others all turned out disappointing seasons for a Met franchise that had high hopes to start the year.
Here’s to hoping that next year turns out better than we predict.