Mets Draft picks Cecchini, Plawecki take BP

Mets Draft picks Cecchini, Plawecki take BP

Mets Draft picks Cecchini, Plawecki take BP
NEW YORK -- Mets Draft picks Gavin Cecchini and Kevin Plawecki were at Citi Field on Friday night for the series opener against the Reds.

Cecchini and Plawecki, who were respectively selected at 12th and 35th overall earlier this month in the First-Year Player Draft, were invited to get a post-Draft day feel for the organization. Both suited up prior to the game and took batting practice with the team.

The 18-year-old Cecchini, who is set to join Rookie League affiliate Kingsport, joins the Mets' farm system straight out of high school. Plawecki, headed to short-season Class A Brooklyn, played three years of collegiate ball at Purdue.

"These two were very high on our board, extraordinarily high on our board, both of them," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said in a joint news conference with Cecchini and Plawecki. "We're very proud of them both and we're happy they're here."

The pair met and posed for photos with a handful of current Mets, including David Wright, who called Cecchini on Draft night to offer his congratulations.

"It was awesome," Cecchini said. "Just meeting all of the big league players, me and [Kevin] and everyone else that gets drafted, that's our dream is to make it to their level."

Cecchini, a shortstop, donned a blue No. 2 batting practice jersey on Friday. Alderson joked that his motivation for wearing No. 2 should be "stricken from the record," but Cecchini was honest about why he made the decision.

"Derek Jeter's my favorite player," he said. "The reason he's my favorite player is because he plays the game hard, always. He runs out balls hard, and he's a great [role] model for me and all the rest of the kids."