One of the things you can take away from Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria‘s first full season is that there is potential for him and that he will have some time to realize his potential. After coming over from the Toronto Blue Jays in the big offseason trade, Hechavarria was an Opening Day starter and kept it that way through the 148 games that he played this season.
Although he numbers slipped, adjusting to his first full year on a new team is something that is not easy to come by. Hechavarria batted .227/.267/.298 with three home runs, 42 RBIs, 14 doubles and 11 stolen bases. Although he was caught stealing 10 times, Hechavarria showed his speed on the field with his increased doubles total and triples total as well.
He was designated to the back of the order during the season, but could potentially see top of the order action next season.
Hechavarria also was able to flash the glove a lot this season as well. His ranger factor was an outstanding 4.15 and he may even get some votes for the National League Gold Glove award. There is no doubt that the Marlins are getting some good defense behind their pitchers. The defense that is solidified right now is something Miami can look forward to next season. Hechavarria is only going to get more experience with the amount of reps he takes at short for seasons to come.
The only problem seen in Hechavarria is his batting. His numbers need to go up if he is going to still be an everyday shortstop. His defense can only get better, but his focus needs to be there next season.