June 04, 2012
Gavin Cecchini was in attendance for Johan Santana's no-hitter a couple nights ago, the first such event in Mets' history.
On Monday, he became a part of the Big Apple franchise.
The Lake Charles (Barbe), La., shortstop and Ole Miss signee was drafted No. 12 overall by the Mets. He had worked out for the National League East club last Friday and is a certainty to skip his college career.
The slot value for the No. 12 overall pick is $2.55 million.
"I'm really speechless, and it's a dream come true," Cecchini said on Monday. "I talked to Mets' star) David Wright. We're like best friends. Hopefully we'll be teammates in a few years."
Cecchini's brother, Garin, is a prospect in the Red Sox organization. Garin Cecchini signed for $1.31 million in 2010.
"(Garin) just tells me that it's an everyday grind," Cecchini said, "but I love the game. To play a game and get paid for it, nothing better than that."
Cecchini heard his name called while in attendance on the MLB Network set.
"That's such a neat event, and it's an honor to be invited," Cecchini said.
DIAMONDBACKS TAKE TRAHAN: Arizona took catcher Stryker Trahan with the No. 26 overall pick.
The Ole Miss signee from Scott (Acadiana), La., could move to the corner outfield at the next level, but the Diamondbacks are excited by his left-handed power and excellent speed.
Slot value for that position is $1.7 million.
HENSLEY ALSO A FIRST-ROUNDER: Ty Hensley had to wait a little longer than expected, but the New York Yankees took the Edmond (Santa Fe), Okla., right-hander with the No. 30 overall pick on Monday.
Hensley, who signed with Ole Miss over Arizona State, Texas and Arkansas, is the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year and features a heavy fastball that moves into the high 90s and a knee-buckling 12-to-6 curve.
The slot value for Hensley's spot is $1.6 million, and it's likely the Yankees will increase that if necessary to get the deal done.