When the Miami Marlins acquired the slew of young prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays, who knew that the team would have gotten a solid defensive shortstop in Adeiny Hechavarria. In his first full season with the Marlins, Hechavarria committed only 15 errors in 148 games at the position. He recorded a 4.15 range factor per nine innings and had a .976 fielding percentage. This spring, he is going to have to fine tune his hitting in order to become a full-fledged, dangerous player for years to come.
While with the Blue Jays, Hechavarria played in 41 games and batted .254/.280/.365, but that decreased significantly with the Marlins as he turned out a .227/.267/.298. In the spring, he is going to have to work with manager Mike Redmond and new hitting coach Frank Menechino on raising his average a bit.
Hechavarria could be looked at as a top-of-the-order guy with his potential and his speed. His lack of ability to hit the ball pits him as the No. 9 batter right behind potential starting third baseman Casey McGehee in the projected batting order. Luckily, his spot is not up for grabs this season as it looks like he will definitely have the starting shortstop job for the Marlins on Opening Day.
His continued development is key for Hechavarria and for the Marlins’ potential future run to the postseason — if that ever were to happen. His defense is good; it is his offense that remains a concern.