Darrell Ceciliani

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Darrell Albert Ceciliani

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Centerfielder Darrell Ceciliani began playing in the New York Mets system in 2009 and reached the majors in 2015.

He was drafted by the Mets in the 4th round of the 2009 amateur draft, between Matt Heidenreich and Adam Warren, and began his professional career that year. The scout was Jim Reeves. In his inaugural season, he hit .234/.313/.310 with 29 runs scored and 14 RBI in 42 games for the Kingsport Mets. He stole 14 bases in 16 tries.

The next year, he hit .351/.410/.531 with 12 triples, 21 stolen bases (caught 14 times) and 56 runs scored in 68 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones. He was all over the New York-Penn League leaderboard: first in average (21 points over Phil Wunderlich and Rylan Sandoval), third in OBP (after Robby Price and Matt Curry), 6th in slugging, third in OPS (trailing Cory Vaughn and Sandoval), first in runs (3 over Marcell Ozuna and Nick Longmire), first in hits (95, 7 more than runner-up Joe Bonfe), tied for third in doubles (19), led in triples (3 more than Ryan Fisher), third in total bases (144, behind Ozuna and Vaughn), 5th in steals and 1st in times caught. Had the league given out postseason awards, he presumably would have been an All-Star, if not MVP. Despite playing in a short-season league, he led the Mets chain in triples. Baseball America named him as the loop's #11 prospect (between Colton Cain and Domingo Santana) and as the Mets' #14 prospect.

He hit .259/.351/.361 with 23 doubles and 25 stolen bases in 33 tries in 109 games for the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2011 to finish 5th in the Mets system in swipes. Baseball America ranked him as New York's 19th-best prospect. In 2012, he hit .329/.402/.459 with 28 hits in 23 games for the St. Lucie Mets while battling a hamstring injury. He hit .268/.322/.380 with 31 stolen bases in 38 tries in 113 games for the Binghamton Mets in 2013. He was second to José Ramírez in steals in the Eastern League and led Mets farmhands, 6 ahead of Alonzo Harris.

His brother, Devin Ceciliani, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013.

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