- 6) Adeiny Hechavarria – SS R/R – 04/15/1989 (23) – 5’11” 180 lbs.
|2010||21||2 Teams||2 Lgs||AA-A+||102||440||57||4||13||3||17||65||0.242||0.272||0.333||0.605|
|2011||22||2 Teams||2 Lgs||AA-AAA||136||618||74||8||20||15||33||99||0.264||0.305||0.383||0.687|
|162 Game Avg.||162||530||486||35||9||0||0||18||131||0.261||0.291||0.378||0.669|
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Adeiny Hechavarria’s debut for the Toronto Blue Jays has been anticipated since the day he signed a 4 years, $10M Major League deal out of Cuba in 2010 and occupied a spot on the 40-man roster and burning options. Hechavarria made his first MLB start on August 4th manning 3B for the injured Brett Lawrie. Thus far, he’s given the Jays pretty much all that was expected of him. He’s provided slick-fielding wherever he’s been used in the infield while hitting a respectable .259/.289/.370 with 2 HRs and 6 2Bs in 118 PA. He will likely come up just a few ABs short of losing his rookie eligibility and will therefore will be competing for Rookie of the Year honours in 2013.
- Plus-plus fielding at SS in the Minors – was said by some to be the best fielding SS in all of baseball while still in the Minors
- Should be able to play anywhere on the infield for the Jays and be a plus-fielder which provides the Jays of using him at either 2B or SS if one or both of the incumbents do not return for 2013
- Hechavarria not only fields the ball well but also sports a plus-throwing arm which he put on display while fielding 3B for the injured Lawrie
- Coupled with his fielding, his arm allows him to make plays that others simply could not
- Hechavarria has a pretty good first-step in the field but hasn’t translated well on the basepaths
- He’s got a 66% career SB% in the Minors
- Hechavarria’s ability to hit for average was the biggest question as he began his professional career in North America and though by the numbers he looked overmatched, he has been promoted mid-season in each of the last 3 years
- Because the PCL distorts offensive stats so much it was hard to determine if Hech had made progress when he ended 2011 and started 2012 on a hot-streak in Vegas or whether his numbers were being inflated
- Hech cooled down offensively as the season wore on but still put up respectable numbers in 2012
- Hechavarria has shown glimpses of power in his 3 seasons in North America with 8 HRs this year including 2 in the Majors
- He hit a towering shot against Baltimore to quiet critics who labelled his first career shot as a Yankee Stadium Special
Hechavarria will be a Major League player for a long time based on his defence alone even if he makes little strides with the bat. Next year, it is likely that one or both of Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar will not be with the team which provides the space for Hech on the infield in 2013.
It can be hoped that his bat will improve as he gets further at-bats at the Major League-level and benefits from the more experienced coaches/teammates but that is not to be expected. Even if he winds up hitting ninth and providing little offence, his glove should allow the Jays to bury his bat without hampering the Jays’ potent offence too much.