Gavin Cecchini makes his Mets case, with his mouth and bat


Gavin Cecchini makes his Mets case, with his mouth and bat
Gavin Cecchini makes his Mets case, with his mouth and bat

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Gavin Cecchini bulked up and changed his swing over the winter, however realizes even though he shows vast improvement this spring, he is likely destined for Triple-A Las Vegas to start the season.

On Monday he smashed a -run homer in the 7th inning as a part of a 2-for-2 performance off the bench in the Mets’ EIGHT-7 exhibition loss to the Astros.

Cecchini, the team’s best selection within the 2012 draft, is buried in a crowded infield that has Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes set to make the staff as reserves behind Asdrubal Cabrera, Amed Rosario and Todd Frazier.

“It Is difficult, as a result of i think I should and will be a starter within the large leagues and assist a team win,” Cecchini mentioned. “It’s simply kind of a tough situation with all the infielders and veterans that we have at the moment and i feel that i’m big league able at this moment, however that stuff is out of my keep an eye on. i will be able to’t control whether I make the group or no longer.”

Cecchini seemed in 32 games for the Mets final season and batted .208 with one homer and seven RBIs.

Dominic Smith used to be scheduled to an undergo an MRI exam on his proper quadriceps, the consequences of in order to be launched Tuesday via the staff. Smith sustained the damage running the bases in his Grapefruit League debut Saturday and has spent the last two days resting.

Zack Wheeler’s next appearance will come as a piggyback to Matt Harvey’s start on Wednesday in opposition to the Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Mets do not have a “B” sport scheduled for that day, and supervisor Mickey Callaway mentioned he desires to stay Wheeler on his commonplace turn. Wheeler is a candidate for bullpen accountability in a crowded rotation.

Jay Bruce is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday, because the DH, after resting his sore left foot in recent days. Bruce is scuffling with plantar fasciitis.

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Hansel Robles scuffled, permitting 4 earned runs on 4 hits and one walk in a single inning of reduction. the appropriate-hander surrendered a leadoff homer to J.D. Davis in the 3rd inning sooner than allowing consecutive doubles with one out.

Callaway has advised his pitchers to rely on their fastballs this early in spring training, and Robles is a number of the early offenders who has seemed to his secondary stuff.

“i’d by no means second-guess a pitch through the season, but in spring training that is the time to do it,” Callaway said. “i want them to use their fastballs. if you fall behind 2-ZERO, throw another fastball.

“Spring coaching is the time of year to get your fastball going, because you throw the whole lot off your fastball.”

Jacob Rhame, who was got from the Dodgers for Curtis Granderson final summer season, pitched a scoreless 6th with strikeouts. the suitable-hander has no longer allowed a run in two appearances this spring.

Wilmer Flores went ZERO-for-THREE because the beginning 2nd baseman and is hitless in eight at-bats in the Grapefruit League.

Tomas Nido started because the DH, allowing the Mets to judge the rookie catcher offensively. Nido added a two-run single.

Steven Matz and Corey Oswalt are some of the pitchers scheduled for the Mets on Tuesday towards the Astros in Port St. Lucie.

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