New York Mets need to play Cecchini every day

As it has been noted many times already, the Mets will not make it to the postseason and subsequently will fall short of reaching their goal of competing for another World Series. Injuries and poor play derailed the Mets early on and the team was never able to recover. Although October is out of the question, the season should not be seen as a total loss. Young players are getting serious time in the lineup and are getting a head start on their development in the majors by not having veterans taking up their spots. For the most part, all the youngsters are getting a fair shake except for Gavin Cecchini who should be in the lineup every day.

Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario, and Brandon Nimmo are going to be in the lineup nearly each day due to injury or trade. Rosario and Smith have gotten plenty of at bats since they were called up to the show and figure to be a part of the Opening Day lineup next year. On the other hand, Nimmo and Cecchini are playing for their future on the team. It seemed that Terry Collins did not want either to be in the lineup on a daily basis. With the injuries to Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto, this will change for Brandon, but Gavin is in a tough situation. Besides himself, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Matt Reynolds all could play second base. Playing Reyes and Cabrera stunts the growth of unproven players who could benefit the team in the future.

Cecchini was the Mets 1st round selection in the 2012 MLB draft. He first debuted in 2016 playing in only four games. Gavin showed offensive promise in his minor league career, but struggled this year in AAA Las Vegas hitting .267 with a .329 OBP. He is a contact hitter who has the potential to post a high OBP in the majors. There is a huge hole at second base next season that should not be covered by Reyes or Cabrera who both are major defensive liabilities. With the team out of contention, they should have Gavin in the lineup each day to see what he can do when consistently in the lineup.

Gavin has the potential to be an everyday second basemen. The team loses nothing by giving him a try out for next season. A youth movement is already in place and the organization cannot remain in the mindset of playing veterans just to play them. Sandy Alderson is not expected to spend highly this offseason, which is even more of a reason to give the former 1st round pick a serious look. Rosario and Smith are given the opportunity to play every day and will expedite their growth, unfortunately for Gavin that is not the same, but it should be the case. 

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