Gavin Cecchini led Barbe (LA) High School to the State 5A championship in 2012...Name is pronounced "Gavin chick-KEE-nee."..Named Louisiana's Mr. Baseball as a senior...Played for Team USA Under-18 in 2011...His brother, Garin, played in the majors for Boston from 2014-2015...His father Glenn was a high school coach and now manages the Team USA under-18 squad...Made a personal contribution to the Mayor's Fund following Superstorm Sandy...Raised $5,000 for the victims of Hurricane Harvey...Played four games for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic.
Played in one game (August 31 with St. Lucie) after May 9... Was on the Disabled List with a capsular tear of his first tarsometatarsal joint of his right foot...Hit .294 (32-109) with 14 extra-base hits in 30 games for Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League before his injury.
Was with the Mets from June 15-June 23 and August 17 through the remainder of the season...Played in a career-high 32 games...In the field, Cecchini played all 20 of his games at second base (18 starts)...Hit his first major league homer off Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium on June 19...Was the third player to hit his first career homer off Kershaw...Darnell McDonald and Hector Gomez were the others...Turned in a career-high three hits on September 16 at Atlanta... Also matched his career-high in RBI (two)...Hit safely in 13 of his 18 starts...Batted .280 (7-25) with one double and one homer off lefthanded pitching...Batted .267 (121-453) with 27 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 39 RBI and 68 runs scored in 110 games for the 51s...Hit .287 (39-136) after the Triple-A All-Star break...Played four games for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic...Had one double and one RBI.
Called up from Las Vegas (AAA) on September 6 and was on the major league roster for the first time in his career...Made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter on September 11 at Atlanta...Recorded his first career hit and RBI with an RBI double on September 24 vs. Philadelphia... Finished the game 2-3 with two doubles and two RBI...Batted .325 (145-446) with 27 doubles, eight home runs, 55 RBI and 71 runs scored in 117 games for the 51s...His .325 average was a new career-high while his 27 doubles and eight home runs both matched career-highs...Ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in average (.325, third), hits (145, fourth), on-base percentage (.390, fifth) and lowest total plate appearance/strikeout ratio (9.07, 2nd)...Started 104 games at shortstop and committed 33 errors...Also saw action at second base, making three starts there at the tail end of the season...Named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the week of June 13-19...Batted .440 (11-25) with two home runs and 10 RBI during the week...Batted .295 (18-61) with 12 runs scored, five doubles, one triple, one homer and seven RBI in 16 games for Scottsdale of the Arizona Fall League...Finished 15th in the AFL in batting average.
Was named the Eastern League's Rookie of the Year...Was the first Binghamton player to win the award since Paul Wilson in 1995...Finished second in the Eastern League batting (.317)...Selected to the Eastern League's mid-season and post-season All-Star team...Won the Sterling Award emblematic of the top player at Binghamton.
Played for three Mets affiliates: Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League, St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League...At the end of the year he was the second-youngest player in the Eastern League.