Some Miami Marlins fans were befuddled that shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria ranked so poorly according to defensive metrics. Hechavarria ranked as a below average defender based on several different defensive metrics, but those who saw him play on a daily basis swore that he should have been a gold glove candidate. So why the disparity? It turns out that the problem may have just been his positioning. Could it be that he was not getting to balls he should have simply because he was starting from the wrong spot?
If numbers don’t lie, anyone who hasn’t seen Adeiny Hechavarria play shortstop might think he uses a milk carton for a glove. The eyes say Hechavarria was worthy of Gold Glove consideration. His defensive metrics suggest otherwise.
The Miami Marlins are lucky to have two of the Top Left-Handed pitching prospects in the minor leagues in their system. Heaney, the 9th pick in the 2012 Draft out of Oklahoma State, made it to Double-A Jacksonville to end his first professional season. Nicolino, a 2nd round pick (80th overall) in 2010 by the Blue Jays, also spent some time in Jacksonville, albeit with less success.
The Marlins like some of the Cubs’ prospects and look for the teams to talk in the coming weeks, with Miami potentially offering pitching. The Cubs have multiple third base prospects at Double and Triple A, including former first-round picks Javier Baez (who has been playing shortstop) and Mike Olt and emerging Christian Villanueva.
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Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. With moment 120 we take you back to December 8, 1992 when an important player joined the Marlins. On this day the Marlins signed their first starting pitcher, the old knuckle baller himself Charlie Hough.
Today we shift our attention to the free agents that could man the Marlins’ bullpen next year. Miami’s bullpen was one of the brighter spots for the Marlins on the season. The bullpen has two question marks heading into the off-season. One of the more consistent relievers last year, Chad Qualls, is a free agent and the Marlins need to decide whether to try to bring him back or fill his spot with someone else.
Welcome back to The Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Today we are going back to the inaugural season. The year is 1993 and we are back at Camden Yards for the 1993 All-Star game.