Mets invite first-round picks Gavin Cecchini, Dominic Smith to camp

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have invited former first-round picks Gavin Cecchini and Dominic Smith to major league camp for spring training. Cecchini and Smith will be joined by catchers Johnny Monell and Xorge Carrillo, infielder T.J. Rivera, outfielder Travis Taijeron and right-handers Paul Sewald, Zack Thornton and Chasen Bradford as the non-roster invites to camp who already were with the organization last year.

Smith -- a 20-year-old, slick-fielding first baseman -- was selected 11th overall in 2013. He hit .305/.354/.417 with Class A St. Lucie in 2015, then represented the Mets in the Arizona Fall League. He is likely ticketed for Double-A Binghamton to open the upcoming season.

Cecchini, a 22-year-old shortstop, was selected 12th overall in 2012. He hit .317/.377/.442 with Binghamton last season. He then appeared in four games in the Arizona Fall League before suffering a shoulder injury.

Darrell Ceciliani, Brandon Nimmo, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Akeel Morris, Josh Smoker, Jeff Walters and Gabriel Ynoa are on the 40-man roster and automatically earn invites to camp.