Gavin Cecchini sidelined with a shoulder injury


BaronGavin Cecchini enjoyed a breakout season in 2015 after hitting .317/.377/.442 with seven home runs na d51 RBI in 109 games with Double-A Binghamton. That performance earned him the Eastern League Player of the Year honors, although he missed some time during the season with a hip problem.

He went to Arizona this fall to participate in the Arizona Fall League and went 5-for-13 in four games, but has since been sidelined with a shoulder injury.

As such, assistant GM John Ricco said on Monday in Boca Raton Cecchini will not participate in the Pan-Am Games in Asia.

Cecchini, who will turn 22 on December 23, is entering a big year in the Mets organization. He seems likely to start next year at Triple-A Las Vegas, and if all goes well, there’s a need and the Mets don’t acquire a new shortstop, he could conceivably be up sometime mid-year or next September.

The key of course, is for Cecchini to stay healthy and demonstrate his worthiness for a look at the big league level. That assumes the Mets are still struggling to find an answer at at the position, and Cecchini continues to grow and mature under the Mets player development system.

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