Usually, Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria bats toward the end of the lineup. Manager Mike Redmond has slotted him there because when he bats in the top of the order, he is 30-for-154 for his career with eight runs scored and seven stolen bases. However, Hechavarria is batting over .400 in the bottom of the order this season and is starting get into a rhythm at the top of the order.
Hechavarria has played four games as the Marlins’ leadoff man in front of outfielder Christian Yelich. In those four games, Hechavarria is batting .278/.278/.333 with five hits and two runs scored. Miami’s offense is slowly starting to come together, especially with Giancarlo Stanton starting to regain his power early on this season. Having a hot batter like Hechavarria is only going to give Miami more runs.
Becoming the leadoff man puts more pressure on Hechavarria. He did not have that kind of pressure when he was in the bottom of the lineup, and it was clearly making him more comfortable. The Marlins need a solid leadoff man to start the game off right. With the current slide that the team is on, runs have been scarce and it is important for the team to get off to a hot start and finish strong.
Hechavarria can definitely finish the season as the leadoff man for Miami. It is going to be up to him to have the willpower to hit well and put himself in a position to score. So far, he has done a good job.