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One of the biggest story lines of the Marlins so far this young season has been the bat of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. Hechavarria, known more for his extensive web-gem resume in the field, has stepped up his play at the plate this season as he holds a .321 batting average through twenty-two games.
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After a cold start to the season, Hechavarria kicked off a huge hot-streak nine games into the season with a home-run in a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. Since then, Adeiny has batted .371 with 14 RBIs over the nineteen game span.
Entering the season, the main question surrounding Hechavarria’s play was his performance at the plate. Would he finally take the next step toward MLB stardom? Can he supplement his stellar defensive plays with strong at-bats?
It seemed as though at the start of the 2015 season, while the Marlins were headed toward another year of mediocrity, that the answer to these questions would be a fan-deflating “no” or “maybe next year”.
Maybe it was the pressure to support player-favorite Mike Redmond while he was on the hot seat, or it was just seeing that first ball sail over the wall, but whatever the reason may be, Hechavarria has been on a tear lately helping his team win ten of their last fourteen games all while silencing critics around the league.
Currently, the Marlins shortstop, on a roster of young, talented hitters, is second or tied for first in just about every offensive category including batting average (.310), home-runs (2), and doubles (6). Additionally, Hechavarria stacks up very well against the rest of the league as he leads all short stops in RBIs (17), total hits (32), and is second in runs-scored (17).
Adeiny Hechavarria is seemingly able to do it all right now with continued success in the field (Time for a Gold Glove?) and team/league leading performances in multiple offensive categories. With any streak in baseball, however, it may not always last as long as fans would like, but that doesn’t mean that Hechavarria cannot keep up a batting above .300.
I don’t necessarily believe he will be able to maintain hitting at such an extremely high level, but I do believe he can maintain a solid batting average while driving across runs and scoring runs himself. The bright side is, for as long as Hechavarria can keep us this streak, the Marlins will be the benefactor with more marks in the win column, which is especially important in a tough National League East.