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Mets SS prospect Cecchini pulled for not running ground ball

2012 first-round draft pick Gavin Cecchini did not run out a ground ball during the sixth inning this past Sunday, while playing for Low-A Savannah.

He was removed the game.

Cecchini, 20, is batting .500 with a .531 OBP, three doubles and a triple during his last seven games.

Toby Hyde, Contributor

The results have started to come for Cecchini, in part because he has engaged with the process, but also because he’s buying in to the organization’s approach to hitting and base running. These days, he sounds an awful lot like a young hitting coach when he describes his approach. This might well be his most productive seven games as a professional >> Read more at Mets Minor League Blog.




64 comments
artie412
artie412

What is he? Too cool for school already?

joe21
joe21

Which big time SS do you want for Wheeler? it aint gonna be Tulo....the Rocks would want a ton more than that for him. nothing happening at SS before ASB, unless they go for Drew. short of that, I would make two small moves. DFA Q and bring up Tovar; send Satin back to Vegas and replace with Campbell. Tovar has as much bat as Tejada and a far superior glove. he is pretty hot right now, so may catch some heat with the stick. Campbell is a better all around hitter than Satin and can even spell Granderson from time to time against LHP. only working around the margins, but nothing is going to happen until July at the earliest, so I would not mind seeing some other internal options get a chance.

Q cant be that superior to Tovar.

heynow20
heynow20

If it was up to the people that comment on here, you would trade Wheeler, Gee and Niese for position players and roll the dice just hoping all our pitching "prospects" blossom into stardom...good strategy.

helloboy
helloboy

I have no idea why this is on the main blog post.  There is not much of anything that I can think of for putting an A+ report on the Main blog page, and definitely nothing this unimportant.    Putting this in Mets Minors, would have been sufficient. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

A shortstop with a .531 OBP. Sandy will keep him in the minors for another six years.

Ramon Bonilla
Ramon Bonilla

Why every ml teams bring up young procpects to the major league and they do good, why the Mets don't do the same,take a chance on a couple of the young players that are near the ml level, maybe they do better on the big club,I'm sure they will do better than what yhey have now.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Good.  Learn your lesson.  This administration does not tolerate "Justun Turnering" it around the basepaths.  This organization can't hit, but d*mn if anyone isn't going to run out those outs.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

If you want to dog it then you will sit. Keep it up and you will be doing it for Walmart. Send the message now.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Yawn...so what?  The Nats idiot manager made a spectacle out of Harper with a ridiculous double standard.  Everything about the kid says he's working his butt off, I think this should be overlooked..

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

What a shame to come out with that headline on the kid.

Everything I've read about him indicares that he's a fine kid, has a good attitude, and works very hard.  Give him a break.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Jose Abreu...258 12 hrs 34 rbis ..wish we had someone with 34 rbis! That's double what Wright has.

nolrog
nolrog

>>> He was later removed the game.

Later?  Why later?  Why not pull him immediately, and then bench him for a couple games.  These things need to be stopped immediately.  That would not only send a message to him, but to everyone else in Savanna (and it could reverberate (sp?) thru the rest of the minor leagues as well.)

Harry Lepore
Harry Lepore

I read this and just thought about how we have another grammatically incompetent writer on this blog.

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

While no prospect is ever granted mlb success by there draft position it's amazing the amount of posters that are complaining about this article. Last year was nothing but Fernandez over Nimmo complaints. Now Nimmo even though it is high A and not mlb is tearing it up the a new target must be selected. This article is pointing out that Cechenni is showing signs of potential with the bat. Meaning he may have been a smart pick. So people have to complain that it will take him too long to get to mlb or that he didn't hustle and was disciplined at 20 years old or that we didn't sign drew. Imagine if Cechenni and Nimmo both make it to mlb and are successful, you people will have nothing to complain about.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

Trade Gee at top value right now, send him to the Cubs for Castro and Soler. Call up Thor and Montero move Mejia to the pen. Let the 2 go all out and get exp for next year. Your not winning anything this year be smart. I'd also look into trading Niese for Cron moving Dice k back into the rotation and calling Edgin back up or signing Madson fight for a top 3 pick. And be ready for Harvey's return next year.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Chances are it wasn't the first time he dogged it.  You usually get mulligans and a chat with the mgr. for the first couple of times.  This is low "A".  He better wake up.

William Truitt
William Truitt

@Ramon Bonilla  Oh yeah, bring up a 20 year old who hasn't hit even close to .300 in his lower minor league career. Get a clue pal.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Ramon Bonilla Seriously?  Tejada and Mejia were a 20 year old rookies.  Flores was 21. Wheeler and Harvey were 23.   And lets not forget the "teenage phenom" Fernando Martinez.


Thery're not all Bryce Harper.

Mex_17_for_HOF
Mex_17_for_HOF

@BringBackDaveTelghe Seems like the first Nats idiot manager to bench Harper for not hustling was a real bum by the name of Davey Johnson. What a loser he was!


(SARCASM TO 11 !!!!!)

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

As an example, you could have used something like the headline from MetsMinors: "Gavin Cecchini: A hot streak and a mistake."

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@nolrog Amen. Couldn't have said it better myself! He probably watched all the gazillionaires at the big league level and said that's what they do. Im doing that too.

chavez06
chavez06

@Albert E Lewis hope you're not posting this from work ... if you're, shouldn't be accusing Gavin.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

Chechinni is Ruben Tejada 2.0 and will be lucky to even make it to the majors. Nimmo will probably be major league bench depth. They were both awful picks. For a team that needs help fast we should not be drafting 17 year olds. Nimmo has been in the organization 3 years now, and has only just started hitting high-A pitching. He was awful in high-a last year. Dom smith is the only one of the 3 that will work out. Coincidence he was the only one of the 3 that wasn't supposed to fall into the second round?

nolrog
nolrog

>>> Now Nimmo even though it is high A and not mlb is tearing it up the a new target must be selected.

And Fernandez is where again?

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Brandon Hillman I laugh because I didn't see the same kind of criticism for all the stupid decisions Harvey has mas made. C'mon now he's 20 he's a kid give him a break.

Kavalor
Kavalor

@Brandon Hillman  

but by then their are another 1 or 2 draft picks people can complain about . :) 

vimets
vimets

@bleedblue4 The don't want Gee, they want Thor and Montero

heynow20
heynow20

And what happens if Montero and Thor don't pan out? Or if Harvey doesn't come back the same or re-injures his arm? Now you just gave away our two best and most reliable/experienced pitchers...

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@bleedblue4  I',m all for the Niese-Cron deal, I think from what I have read about him. But why would the Cubs do that deal? I just don't see them doing that at all. 

heynow20
heynow20

Yes but you would have last year when Gee almost lost his spot in the rotation.  Point is, Wheeler is still a kid and we need to give him more time before we trade him away just b/c he isn't taking the league by storm ala Matt Harvey. 

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Nick Squatrito Nimmo actually played very well last year until he sustained a hand injury. He was hitting over .400 at the time. How you can say this is an awful pick right now is ridiculous. You say that Dom Smith will work out, yet he is hitting just .232 with no homers and 2 RBIs. I think he'll evidentially be fine, but he is not a sure thing nor are the other two guaranteed failures.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@nolrog Don't forget,12 other teams passed on Fernandez. Can't find anyone who thought that Fernandez was a steal at #14 at the time. One publication rated his pick a grade "B". Easy to say today that the that the Mets should have picked him. Nimmo may turn out to be a solid player in his own right.

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

Thanks for responding. 

Do you really not see that you could have downplayed this a bit rather than trumpeting it this way? Every editor can choose what kind of effect he wants to make with a headline (witness lardball).

And the hitting streak is news too, was also part of your story and is a gift for softening the blow.

I'm not good at this, but something like "Lesson for Cecchini on Running to First" or "Cecchini: Hitting but not Running." 

Just something that doesn't make the kid look so bad.

Kavalor
Kavalor

@Andrew Vazzano


sorry Andrew - can't agree with you there - news is what you make .

In choosing the wrong headline you just do yellow press reporting which is a shame for this blog.


Why pick the most negative one sentence of a whole positive article . Thats not really decent

Kavalor
Kavalor

@bleedblue4

probably soon the way he is hitting in savannah right now as one of the youngest players in the League afaik