Gavin Cecchini
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Cecchini in 2019
Free agent
Second Baseman
Born: (1993-12-22) December 22, 1993 (age 28)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 11, 2016, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.217
Hits18
Home runs1
Runs batted in9
Teams

Gavin Glenn Christopher Joseph Cecchini [1] (/ˈɡvən ɪˈkni/; born December 22, 1993) is an American professional baseball second baseman who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets.

Early life

Cecchini was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and attended Alfred M. Barbe High School. Prior to the 2012 MLB draft, Cecchini was regarded by Perfect Game as "good athlete, highest level hitter and outstanding middle infield tools."[2]

Cecchini initially committed to play college baseball for the LSU Tigers, before switching his commitment to Ole Miss.[3] He was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft with the 12th overall pick.

Professional career

New York Mets

Cecchini with the Mets in 2016
Cecchini with the Mets in 2016

Cecchini began his professional career in 2012 with the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League, batting .246/.311/.330, and then was promoted to Brooklyn Cyclones for five games in which he was hitless to end the season.[4] Baseball America ranked him as the #2 prospect in the Mets system and the Appalachian League's #12 prospect following the 2012 season.[5] He began the 2014 baseball season as a member of the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class A South Atlantic League, and for three teams in aggregate he batted .247/.328/.378.[6]

He was promoted to the Major Leagues on September 6, 2016.[7] He made his Major League debut on September 11, striking out in a pinch hit appearance at Turner Field. On September 24, he hit his first career hit, an RBI double.[8] For the season, he batted .208/.253/.273.[4]

Cecchini was designated for assignment on January 28, 2019 following the signing of Justin Wilson. He was outrighted on February 1, 2019 but was invited to spring training.[9][10] After recovering from injury, he was assigned to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[11]

Canberra Cavalry

On November 8, 2019, Cecchini signed with the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League.[12] He abruptly quit his contract with the Canberra Cavalry due to concerns about air pollution caused by bushfires.[13]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On January 29, 2020, Cecchini signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[14] He was released on May 22, 2020.[15]

Sugar Land Skeeters

In July 2020, Cecchini signed on to play for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Constellation Energy League (a makeshift 4-team independent league created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) for the 2020 season.

Los Angeles Angels

On May 12, 2021, Cecchini signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels organization.[16]

Personal life

He is the younger brother of Major League infielder Garin Cecchini.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Gavin Cecchini". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Gavin Cecchini Baseball Profile - Perfect Game USA". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  3. ^ Parham, Chase (April 11, 2011). "Ole Miss lands elite shortstop". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Gavin Cecchini Baseball Statistics [2012-2017]
  5. ^ "BaseballAmerica.com: Stats: Gavin Cecchini". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Gavin Cecchini Minor & Fall Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ Forget Arizona Fall League, Mets' Gavin Cecchini headed to majors - Mets Blog- ESPN
  8. ^ "New York Mets at Atlanta Braves". USA Today. September 11, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  9. ^ Todd, Jeff. "Mets Designate Gavin Cecchini, Announce Justin Wilson Signing". MLBTradeRumors. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (February 2, 2019). "Mets infielder clears waivers, will be assigned to Syracuse". syracuse.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  11. ^ Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). "Minor League Free Agents 2019". Baseball America. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  12. ^ Polkinghorne, David (November 8, 2019). "Canberra Cavalry draft Italian stallion Gavin Cecchini to ABL charge". Canberra Times. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "US baseball star Gavin Cecchini quits Canberra Cavalry as bushfire smoke wreaks havoc on sporting events".
  14. ^ "Diamondbacks' Gavin Cecchini: Reaches MiLB deal with Arizona". CBS Sports. RotoWire Staff. January 29, 2020. Retrieved February 2, 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  15. ^ "Gavin Cecchini Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  16. ^ "Major League Baseball Transactions".
  17. ^ Rosenthal, Seth (June 5, 2012). "Meet the Top Mets Draft Pick: Gavin Cecchini". New York. Retrieved August 28, 2013.

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