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2012 MLB Draft, New York Mets: Gavin Cecchini, Kevin Plawecki Taken On Day 1

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MLB Draft: First-Round Pick Gavin Cecchini Reaches Deal With New York Mets

The New York Mets on Thursday night came to terms with first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, according to The high school shortstop is expected to take a physical, and that's likely when the financial details will be released.

Cecchini, the 12th-overall pick, was committed to the University of Mississippi, but that wasn't expected to be any sort of hindrance on a potential contract. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the MLB-advised slot value for this pick is $2.55 million. Add in the fact that the new CBA-imposed deadline for draft picks is now July 13, as opposed to August 15, and teams are able to reach agreements quicker with its selections. The Mets signed their top pick last season, Brandon Nimmo, the 13th pick, minutes before the deadline.The Astros also inked first-overall pick Carlos Correa on Thursday when quite often those players end up agreeing at the last second as well.

Cecchini is a speedy shortstop with great instincts who hit .413 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 31 steals during his senior season at Barbe High School in Louisiana. The 18-year-old should be able to stick at shortstop but will be an up-the-middle infielder, regardless. He's a contact hitter with little power potential, and it seems like the Mets made a "safe" pick here as scouting reports suggest Cecchini has a high floor, but not the highest ceiling. That being said, everyday shortstops are hard to come by and Cecchini could hold a lot of value as he rises through the system.

The best part of him joining the Mets so quickly is that he can immediately begin his Mets career, instead of waiting a month and delaying the process. That extra time, even in the lowest minor-league levels can be very beneficial for a young player's development, especially one straight out of high school.


2012 MLB Draft Results: New York Mets Select RHP Matt Koch In Round 3

The New York Mets selected Louisville reliever Matt Koch with the 107th pick in the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft on Tuesday.

A scouting report for Koch, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound righty, follows courtesy of's Draft Tracker.

While Koch has shared closing duties with senior Derek Self at Louisville this season, he's still shown enough with a good two-pitch power repertoire to garner some attention. The lean, wiry and strong right-hander will throw his fastball up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably a tick below that. There's some good life to the heater as well, and he commands it well. He also throws strikes with a hard slider that has good bite and depth. Koch seems to have the right mentality for a life in short relief, showing a willingness to take the ball at the end of the game and go right after hitters. Two Major League average or better power pitches with good command should be enough to get Koch drafted early and should help him move up the ladder quickly.

See Amazin' Avenue for much more discussion and analysis of the Mets. Also, follow this StoryStream for results of the Mets draft as it unfolds.


2012 MLB Draft: New York Mets Select Matt Reynolds, Teddy Stankiewicz In Round Two

The New York Mets selected third baseman Matt Reynolds and right-handed pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz, respectively, with the 71st and 75th picks in the 2012 MLB Draft on Tuesday.

Reynolds played college ball at Arkansas, while Stankiewicz is a high-schooler out of Ft. Worth Christian School in Texas.

Their scouting reports follow, courtesy of's Draft Tracker:

Matt Reynolds, Arkansas, 3B 6-foot-1, 198 pounds

Playing for a top-notch program in one of the best college conferences in the country, Reynolds has been seen by plenty of scouts. And while he might not be among the top tier of college bats in this class, he has some skills that could translate at the next level. With a balanced set-up at the plate, Reynolds has a good approach and hits line drives. He doesn't have a ton of power, mostly to the gaps, and is more consistent to the pull side. Without average power, Reynolds will have to learn how to hit to all fields. He's a heads-up baserunner who will swipe some bases even without particularly good speed. He's a very good defender, with the potential to be above average with his arm and fielding to go along with solid average range. Reynolds plays mostly third, but has seen time at shortstop, and that kind of flexibility will only help his value. If the bat doesn't progress, he could have a very good future as a utility type.

Teddy Stankiewicz, HS, RHP, 6-4, 200 pounds

High school pitchers are often projectable. Sometimes, they have good pitchability. Every once in a while, there's one like Stankiewicz, who's a little bit of both. Tall and lanky, there's room for growth in the Texas prep right-hander's frame. That could mean a few more ticks to a fastball that can already touch 93 and sits in the 88-91 mph range. Stankiewicz backs up the fastball with plus pitching instincts, mixing in three other pitches for strikes. His slider is the better of his two breaking balls, but both could be at least Major League average. He may not throw the changeup that much at this level, but he shows a good feel for it. If the fastball develops into a plus pitch and his secondary stuff is average to go along with his outstanding command and mound presence, this is a Major League starter in the making.

See Amazin' Avenue for much more discussion and analysis of the Mets. Also, follow this StoryStream for results of the Mets draft as it unfolds.


2012 MLB Draft, New York Mets: Two More Picks Coming In First 75

The New York Mets are positioned well for today’s second phase of the 2012 MLB Draft. The Mets have two selections in today’s second round, the 71st and 75th overall selections. That gives them four picks among the first 75.

In Round 3 today the Mets have the 107th overall selection.

Today’s second day of the draft will commence at noon and will include rounds 2-15. The picks will be streamed live on

St. John’s pitcher Kyle Hansen, ranked No. 97 on the prospect list, is among the players expected to be selected early on Day 2 of the draft.

Monday the Mets selected high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini with the 12th overall pick and catcher Kevin Plawecki with the 35th overall selection.

— See Amazin’ Avenue for much more discussion and analysis of the Mets. Also, follow this StoryStream for results of the Mets draft as it unfolds.


2012 MLB Draft: New York Mets Take Kevin Plawecki With 35th Pick

For the second consecutive choice, the New York Mets took a position player, plucking college catcher Kevin Plawecki with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.

New York begin its draft by selecting high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini with the 12th pick, and it took another player in the supplemental round (the pick gained by losing Jose Reyes) that seems to have a high "floor" in Purdue's junior backstop. The Mets seemed to go with filling an organizational need -- which isn't always a sound philosophy because players take years to reach the majors -- here rather than actually going after a player with the highest ceiling. If anything, they addressed the middle of the field with their Day 1 selections.

Plawecki, 21, can clearly hit, posting a .359 average with 20 doubles, seven home runs and 47 RBI this season. While he's great contact hitter -- his average over three seasons was .348 and he struck out just 28 times in college-- he didn't show off much of the power stroke, accumulating 17 round-trippers in college. MLB Network and other analysts compare him to A.J. Pierzynski.

ESPN's Keith Law, who ranked him 74th among prospects, has this to say in his scouting report about the newest member of the Mets:

Plawecki is the best prospect on a Purdue squad that won the Big 10 title for the first time in 103 years and hosted an NCAA regional for the first time as well. He's a fringy defensive catcher who's better at the mental aspects of the position than the physical aspects, but whose ability to make contact should help him become an above-average hitter for the position.

He has a largely linear swing, and while he keeps his weight back well he doesn't use it to drive the ball, instead making a lot of gap-to-gap contact; his swing can get long, which is particularly damaging due to his lack of power, and he'll need to keep it consistently shorter in pro ball. Behind the plate, his receiving is average but his arm is below-average, just not enough to force him off the position. He has an everyday catcher ceiling because of makeup and scarcity at the position he plays.

Again, the Mets go with a guy who, right now, analysts/scouts term as "an everyday" player, instead of one with big-time potential, and it would seem to be was a bit of an overdraft. Over the past few years, the minor-league system has been infused with a number of great pitching prospects, but it clearly was bereft of position players. With last year's first-round pick, Brandon Nimmo, Cecchini and Plawecki, the Mets have at least attempted to stock that aspect of the organization in the last two drafts. Of course, there's a lot that goes into drafting and player development, so there's always the chance these "everyday player"-types turns into a star. This wasn't the most "exciting" first round, but fans have to trust vice president of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta and his staff ... and give his choices time to really show where they fit in.


2012 MLB Draft: New York Mets Take Gavin Cecchini With 12th Pick

The New York Mets selected high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini with the 12th-overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft on Monday night, making it the second straight year under the new front office that they've gone with a high school player with their first-round pick.

The brother of Boston Red Sox third-base prospect, Garin Cecchini, Gavin hails from Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La., and is a high school shortstop draftee that appears destined to stick at the position -- or possibly slide over to second base. Cecchini had committed to the University of Mississippi, but it doesn't seem like he will be a very difficult sign.

Cecchini is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds who doesn't have a ton of "projection" in his body to make him outgrow a middle-infield spot and appears to have the attributes to allow him to stay at shortstop, even if he appears a bit raw. Those aspects are unique and certainly played into the decision to take him.

Analysts and scouts rave about his defensive ability, and while he doesn't project as a "star" with the bat, someone who can hold his own at the position, with doubles power, is an extremely valuable major leaguer. Cecchini batted .413 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 31 steals in his senior season. MLB Network compared him to Zack Cosart of the Reds.

From's Dave Perkin :

Cecchini, whose older brother plays in the Red Sox organization, is a fast and athletic middle infielder who displays excellent baseball instincts. Despite being error prone, Cecchini shows the promise of being an outstanding defender. Some scouts are doubtful Cecchini will hit at the pro level. He flashes intriguing bat speed, but will need to make some mechanical tweaks and eliminate a trace of stiffness in his swing.

Keith Law of ESPN ranked Cecchini as his 18th-best draft prospect, saying he could be "an above average shortstop with gap power," while his colleague Jason A. Churchill says the "Mets could be looking at an everyday middle infielder with basement outcome of a very good utility player."

This pick doesn't seem to have the ceiling of last year's No. 1 choice, Brandon Nimmo, but it appears that he has a pretty high floor. It's obvious that the Mets front office, led by the vice president of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta, believes in Cecchini's abilities and makeup.

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