Between the emergence of Amed Rosario and his defensive struggles, it was only a matter of time before the Mets looked to move Gavin Cecchini to another position. With both Rosario and Cecchini likely to start the 2017 season in Las Vegas, that time is now. Fortunately, the Mets have a plan in place for their 2012 first round draft pick.
According to Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review Journal, the plan is for Cecchini to play at second base during the 2017 season.
The transition may prove to be a good one.
While Cecchini has the arm and the range to play shortstop, he has simply amassed too many throwing errors at the position. Whatever the reason for the errors, the ultimate hope is that if Cecchini has a shorter throw, he is going to cut down on a good number of those errors. If that is the case, he may have found a new home.
At a minimum, exposing Cecchini to second base makes him a more versatile player, and it increases the chances he gets called to the majors. That is something which appeals to Cecchini.
As Cecchini told the Las Vegas Review Journal, “You don’t want to wish injuries upon anyone, but if someone goes down, instead of just the only position I can play is shortstop, I’m more versatile. It gives me a better chance to get up there and help the team win.”
In Cecchini’s limited time with the Mets last season and in the minors, he showed a real ability to hit. He showed that his bat could play well at both middle infield positions. Certainly, if Cecchini can continue to improve offensively and be the second baseman the Mets hope he can be, Cecchini will have a real future with the Mets.
Ultimately, while no one wants to be forced from their position by another player, the real goal here is to make the major leagues. Cecchini gets that, and he is going to get a better chance to be called up to the majors and stick there because of it. He has the talent and the right attitude.
In the long run, this is a good thing for both him and the Mets organization.