Well, we’ve entered the Top 10 of our mid-season rankings, so things are getting serious…
The traditional scouting scale, which ranks players on a scale of 20-80 (abbreviated at times without the zero), can summarize how we feel about a player in an easy to understand format. Now, for those of you unfamiliar with the scale, you’ll see two numbers — something like 30/60, which isn’t a fraction, but rather a representation of their present status and their potential. The number on the left represents their current standing, while the number on the right shows what they could become. For a further explanation on what the numbers mean, I strongly encourage you to check out these links (Scouting for Batters and Scouting for Pitchers) which I will leave on each post going ahead in this series. With that being said, I really hope you enjoy our work going ahead, and any and all questions and comments are appreciated.
9. Gavin Cecchini, SS
Contact: 35/60 Power: 25/40 Speed: 50/50 Fielding: 40/50 Arm: 50/50
Selected 12th overall in the 2012 first year Player Draft out of Barbe High School in Louisiana, Gavin Cecchini is all potential. When many write him off for being an average player, they fail to see that a first round pick doesn’t need to be a superstar caliber player. Widely thought as the “safe pick”, Cecchini is supposedly a player with average to above average tools across the board, except power.
In terms of contact, Gavin could become a .275 to .280 hitter from the right side of the dish, with 30 doubles, and 10-14 home runs annually. Though he hasn’t grown into that power yet, there still is some time, as he is 19 years old.
His fielding, although he has good instincts, is brought down by average speed and an average arm. All things considered however, Cecchini looks to be able to stick at shortstop. In terms of makeup, he is said to never leave the gym, and is the first one on the field. A front office official told me at spring training that he is a natural leader on the field.
Cecchini is currently on the similar path as Brandon Nimmo, going step by step through the system, with the second year being in New York-Penn League, where college players go after being drafted. He is currently hitting .259 in 15 games. A small sample size that has been cut deeper due to an ankle injury. Either way, as at least an average to possibly above average shortstop, he could make a major league impact by 2016 if everything goes right.
MMN Mid-Season Top 25 Prospects
10. Jack Leathersich
11. Kevin Plawecki
12. Rainy Lara
13. Cory Vaughn
14. Gabriel Ynoa
15. Domingo Tapia
16. Steven Matz
17. Jacob deGrom
18. Matthew Bowman
19. Vicente Lupo
20. Hansel Robles
22. L.J. Mazzilli
24. Amed Rosario
25. Ivan Wilson