In September, history was made when Gavin Glenn Christopher Joseph Cecchini became only the second player named Gavin to ever take the field in a major league game. After finishing third in the PCL in hitting (.325), the Mets rewarded their 22-year-old 2012 first draft pick with a taste of the bigs. Cecchini responded in limited action, picking up a couple doubles in 6 at-bats. While he came up as a shortstop, the Mets want to try him at second base in the Arizona Fall League to see if he can possibly transition to the other side of the diamond.
Of course MLB's original Gavin is Gavin Floyd. In 2016, he pitched in 28 games out of the pen for the eventual AL Wild Card Champ Blue Jays with slightly above-average results (106 ERA+), though his 2-4 record meant his career win-loss percentage slipped into the red (74-76). Just like in previous years, Floyd's season was cut short by injury, this time suffering a shoulder tear in June. Here's hoping he gets another chance to keep playing in 2017, though I'm sure the frequent injuries are frustrating for him and the teams he's played for over these past few years.
So not only was 2016 the first time in history that two different guys named Gavin played in the majors, but with both the Mets and Jays capturing Wild Card slots, it's the first time 2 different guys named Gavin had a chance at a World Series ring (even though neither saw postseason action). Incredible! Counting middle names, Scott Gavin Erickson of the '91 Twins is currently the only Gavin to make it to the game's biggest stage.
What about Gavins in the minors?
Gavin Lux was the Dodgers' first round pick back in June. In Rookie League action, he played well in the Arizona League, and then even better after getting promoted to the Pioneer League (.387 in 8 games). A shortstop with a great work ethic, Lux has looked solid in the field and at the plate, though power-wise has been overmatched, without a professional home run to his name yet. Though at only 18, he's still got some growing to do.
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Funny thing, baseball-reference also lists a very similarly-named Gavin Lavallee who played independent ball this year, putting up meh numbers for the Roswell Invaders.
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And now for the sad part of the season-end review: the Gavins who seem to have had to give up on their major league dreams in 2016. After an uneven 2015, Gavin Glanz was released by Colorado and didn't latch on with anybody in 2016. Also, Frendy Gavin seems to have been released by the Cardinals after pitching in the Dominican Summer League in 2013 and 2015 with less than stellar results. All the best to Mr. Glanz and Mr. Gavin for the next chapter in their lives.
But in happier news, in addition to high-profile draft pick Gavin Lux, there were three other new Gavins who made their professional debut in 2016!
Gavin Collins was taken by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the 2016 draft from Mississippi State. He played in the NY-Penn League this season, mostly at third base.
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Grant Gavin was drafted by Kansas City in the 29th round out of the University of Central Missouri. He impressed with a 2.01 ERA in Rookie League, good at finding the plate, with just 5 walks against 47 strikeouts.
Good luck to these up-and-coming Gavins and all Gavins everywhere!