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Former Barbe standout Gavin Cecchini, right, signed a deal with the New York Mets on Friday, days after being selected in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. Cecchini was picked 12th overall by New York. (American Press)<br>

Former Barbe standout Gavin Cecchini, right, signed a deal with the New York Mets on Friday, days after being selected in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. Cecchini was picked 12th overall by New York. (American Press)

Cecchini gets $2.3 million signing bonus from Mets

Last Modified: Sunday, June 10, 2012 8:27 PM

By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

Former Barbe shortstop Gavin Cecchini wasted little time getting his professional career started, signing a contract with the New York Mets Friday.

The Mets selected Cecchini with the 12th pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday. The team announced the signing Friday after Cecchini passed a physical in New York.

A story on the team’s Web site reported the contract was worth $2.3 million.

Glenn Cecchini, Gavin’s father and Barbe head coach, said Gavin was due back in Lake Charles Friday night and was expected to leave Sunday or Monday to attend a training camp at the team’s training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

“It is unbelievable, this was always his dream and to see it come true is pretty cool,” said Glenn.

The Mets Web site said Cecchini would begin play with the team’s rookie-level Appalachian League affiliate in Kingsport, Tenn. on June 19.

Cecchini led Barbe to a state championship this season, hitting .413 with 7 home runs, 32 RBI and 31 stolen bases.

Gavin’s older brother, Garin, is a third baseman in the Boston Red Sox organization. Garin was a fourth-round selection in the 2010 draft and is currently hitting .316 with 3 home runs, 33 RBI and 20 stolen bases for the Class A Greenville Drive.

Gavin helped Barbe reach the state tournament each of his four seasons. After this season, he was named Class 5A Most Outstanding Player and won the Mr. Baseball award given to the state’s best player.

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