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Mets promote Cecchini, Maron, Koch, Peterson to Double-A, Mazzilli to Triple-A

The slew of roster moves come ahead of the minor league playoffs.

L.J. Mazzilli
L.J. Mazzilli
Bryan Green

With the High-A St. Lucie Mets missing out on the Florida State League playoffs, the Mets have moved several players from St. Lucie's roster to higher levels of the minor league system. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini, catcher Cam Maron, and right-handed pitchers Matt Koch and Tim Peterson will join the Double-A Binghamton Mets, who are in the Eastern League playoffs. Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli will join the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. At this time of year, promotions are mostly about getting players a little more playing time.

Cecchini, the Mets' first round pick in the 2012 draft, is 20 years old and split his season between Single-A Savannah and High-A St. Lucie. He hit .247/.329/.380 over 527 total plate appearances. Aside from the games in which he has been a designated hitter, Cecchini has exclusively played short in his minor league career.

Maron, who was drafted by the Mets out of Hicksville High School in 2009 and is now 23 years old, hit .282/.387/.362 in 416 plate appearances with St. Lucie this year.

Taken in the third round of the 2012 draft by the Mets, the 23-year-old Koch had a 4.84 ERA in St. Lucie this year with 59 strikeouts and 31 walks in 113.1 innings. All of his 21 appearances were starts.

Peterson, also 23 years old, was drafted by the Mets in the 20th round of the 2012 draft. He appeared as a starter and relief pitcher in Savannah and St. Lucie this year, though he had far more success in Savannah. In total, he struck out 70 and walked just 16 in 54.1 innings of work.

And Mazzilli, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft by the Mets, split his season between Savannah and St. Lucie and hit .298/.360/.438 with 11 home runs in 554 plate appearances.