Gavin Cecchini’s September included a corner locker inside the New York Mets’ spacious Citi Field clubhouse, his first major league game, hit, run and RBI and a front-row seat to the Mets’ playoff chase.
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The New York Mets and Las Vegas 51s officially announced a two-year extension of the Player Development Contract, which will keep the two teams affiliated through the 2018 season.
The Las Vegas 51s started a four-game series against the first-place El Paso Chihuahuas with a 6-3 victory Monday in front of an announced crowd of 6,890 at Southwest University Park.
Talks on a new baseball stadium for the Las Vegas 51s have stagnated because team owners and government officials differ on exactly how much the stadium might cost and what it will take to get the Summerlin ballpark built.
“The improvements that he made are way above and beyond anything that I’ve ever seen in a player from the start of theseason to even the halfway point of the season to when he went to the big leagues in really all facets,” Manager Wally Backman said.
The plan right now is to send him to the Arizona Fall League where he can continue to work on the position.
Gabriel Ynoa pitched eight shutout innings and Gavin Cecchini went 5-for-5 as the Las Vegas 51s defeated the Salt Lake Bees 9-0 on Saturday at Cashman Field in their final home game of the season.
Las Vegas scored 11 runs a day after being shutout in the second game of their Thursday doubleheader.
After taking the first game of the doubleheader 10-5, Las Vegas was shut out in the second game, losing 3-0 at Cashman Field.
The 51s scratched out just three hits in Tuesday’s loss to Tacoma. On Wednesday, they had more than that in the first inning of a 9-2 victory over the Salt Lake Bees at Cashman Field.