It’s been fun watching the Mets bring up these young dominant pitchers these past two years. All that’s missing from a team that could possibly make several trips to the post season and even maybe grab a World Series victory, are some solid young hitters.
It’s what brings so much excitement to these September call ups for the Mets. We’ve already seen what T.J Rivera and Brandon Nimmo can do, and it’s great that they’ll be back on that roster again. But it’s Gavin Cecchini who I’m most excited about.
In 117 games with Triple A Las Vegas, Cecchini was hitting .325 with 55 RBIs. His batting average was third overall in the Pacific Coast league. Who were the two hitters in front of him you ask? Why none other than Brandon Nimmo (.352) and T.J. Rivera (.353)
It’s hard to look at numbers like that and not get excited. True, these players are going to have to adjust to the major league level of play. It could still be a lot for them to handle, coming up in a pennant race in September. But if we’ve learned anything at this point, it’s never underestimate what the Mets can do.
The scouting report from mlb.com ranks Cecchini as the Mets number three prospect. Right behind Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario, two players I also look forward to seeing at some point down the line. He’s a solid shortstop despite a high number of throwing errors made this past season. But it’s been mentioned that the Mets are bringing him up mostly for his bat. The Mets have relied heavily on the long ball to score runs this season. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I’ve seen too many Mets games where they score 14 runs and win, or score none at all and lose. Bats like Cecchini, Nimmo, and Rivera could be a nice little boost in that lineup.
I can’t see Terry starting Cecchini at shortstop but there’s a definite possibility we could see him rotate out at second with Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores. I’m hoping this will be what gives the Mets that final push toward October. It’s been an insane season and maybe not quite as magical as the last, but it’s still a pretty exciting time to be a Mets fan.