Mets promote Darrell Ceciliani from Vegas

NEW YORK -- Darrell Ceciliani is the latest call-up to the New York Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The lefty-hitting outfielder was promoted after the Mets' 2-1 win in 14 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night at Citi Field.

Team officials did not announce the corresponding move, but Ceciliani's promotion may not bode well for fellow lefty-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Nieuwenhuis struck out as a pinch hitter on Monday, dropping him to 3-for-38 on the season -- a .079 average.

The Mets have been exceedingly patient with Nieuwenhuis because he is out of options and must pass through waivers in order to be sent to the minors. Nieuwenhuis' position as a bench player for the Mets was further cemented out of spring training when the Mets traded Matt den Dekker to the Washington Nationals on the eve of the season for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins.

Ceciliani, 24, is a fourth-round pick in 2009 out of Columbia Basin Community College in Washington State, so his drafting predates the current Mets regime. A center fielder, he was hitting .336 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 113 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League. He is known for solid defense.

Ceciliani went undrafted out of high school, although he had extenuating circumstances. Back then, he did not devote his full attention to baseball. He served as point guard on his high school basketball team and receiver and free safety on the football team.

He also had responsibilities on his family's 18,000-acre ranch in Madras, Oregon. Bitter Brush Ranch takes clients on fishing tours for trout, steelhead and salmon and hunting tours for deer, elk, antelope and waterfowl.

"Growing up, I never played a lot of travel ball. I never went out and played Area Code Games or anything like a lot of guys," Ceciliani once told ESPN.com. "In the summer I played baseball just to get away and hang out with my friends. And I loved the game, so I always wanted to play professional baseball. But I was helping my dad out -- me and my brothers -- on the ranch, trying to get all that stuff done to put food on the table.

"We run a cow-calf operation. We'll breed the cows, raise the calves up and eventually we take them into the sale and butcher them off or whatever we do. We end up selling them.

"We also run a hunting and fishing business out there. So we get clients coming in there year-round for certain seasons. Me and my brothers guide them. In the fall, that's the busiest time. When I get back, after the season, I help my dad out a lot with that."

The elder Ceciliani, also named Darrell, was a promising college football prospect out of high school, but was unable to pursue that ambition because his father passed away and he needed to take over the family dairy farm at the time in California.

Coincidentally, Ceciliani's manager in Brooklyn and Las Vegas, Wally Backman, has been virtually a neighbor in Oregon -- living within 25 miles or so.

Because of subpar grades, Ceciliani enrolled at Columbia Basin Community College rather than a Division I school after going undrafted out of high school. A year later, he was the Mets' fourth-round draft pick.