Spring training is full of headlines. Headlines like: “Dominic Smith shows up slim and trim”, “Yoenis Cespedes adopts a yoga routine” and “Mets hope new witch doctor will help prevent injuries.” One such headline, this spring, has been about Gavin Cecchini bulking up prior to arriving to camp.
To rehash what we already know Cecchini is a disappointing prospect who has fallen out of favor with fans because of not looking like the “Top Pick” (12th overall) he was. Cecchini was drafted in the first round and never had a superstar pedigree. Instead, he was viewed as a “safe” pick who would eventually become a major league regular. Ignoring that the Mets missed out on far better players who were drafted later, Cecchini’s projection has become that of a bench player with even his infield defense coming into question.
It makes sense that he would try something new coming in this spring. He’s not going to unseat Amed Rosario from shortstop and it’s hard to see him unseating Todd Frazier, Asdrubal Cabrera or even Wilmer Flores from their roles. Not unless he intrinsically changes what he offers the team.
This Spring Training, he’s done that. In 11 at bats he’s managed 5 hits (1 double and 2 home runs) and he’s even walked twice and stolen a base. With T.J. Rivera starting the season on the shelf it seems like Cecchini is certainly making his case to join Jose Reyes and Flores on the major league bench but it remains to be seen if there will be room.
Other Minor League Standouts:
Luis Guillorme off to a solid start – It’s hard to believe in that home run but he’s getting on base and if he can do that at the major league level his defense will make him a regular.
Patrick Mazeika is doing what he does – He hits the ball and gets on base. We’d like more power and we’d like more walks but we’ll take a consistent high batting average if he can play passably as a catcher.
Chris Flexen ready to prove things – After being thrust into the majors there was concern that Flexen’s confidence might get shaken but things seem okay thus far.
P.J. Conlon has bounced back – He’s now appeared in three games and has pretty healthy peripherals to show for it.
Corey Oswalt’s ERA is misleading – Sure, he has an ERA over 4.00 but his WHIP is under 1.00 so take it with a grain of salt.
Jacob Rhame is doing something right – He’s struck out 6 in 4.0 innings and he’s walked none. The walks are what should be most exciting here.