The Mets have announced their second wave of September call-ups, and the headliner of the release is that infielder Gavin Cecchini will be called up tomorrow. He wasn’t on the Mets’ 40-man roster yet, but the team will clear a spot for him there by placing second baseman Neil Walker, who needs back surgery, on the 60-day disabled list.
The team will call up several other players, too. Today, Matt Reynolds rejoins the team today, and Rafael Montero has been placed on the taxi squad, presumably because he was recently optioned and can’t be re-added to the active roster until the Las Vegas season ends today. He’s slated to start for the Mets on Tuesday.
Tomorrow, the team will call up Brandon Nimmo, T.J. Rivera, Eric Campbell, Josh Edgin, and Erik Goeddel. With all of those players around, the Mets will be taking full advantage of Major League Baseball’s roster expansion rules as they make their push for the postseason.
All of those players other than Cecchini have played in the big leagues already, but he’ll be making his major league debut. He hit .327/.390/.453 with eight home runs in 488 plate appearances this year in Vegas. He hit well in Double-A Binghamton last year, too, but the concern in both season has been his propensity for errors—many of them throwing errors—at shortstop. He made 28 of them last year and 33 this year at the position and made one more in three games at second base. Still, he should be in the mix to get some playing time at second in Walker’s absence along with Wilmer Flores, Kelly Johnson, and T.J. Rivera.