Aug 29, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (3) fields the ball hit by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (not shown) during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
3. Adeiny Hechavarria (2.9 WAR)
Hech receives the award for “Most Improved Defensive Marlin” without a doubt. In 2014, The 26-year-old shortstop ranked as MLB’s 90th best defender according to Fangraphs’ Def rating, which accounts both fielding efficiency and positional adjustment.
This season has told a different story. Hechavarria sits just behind Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier for the top spot in Fangraphs’ Def rating among every major leaguer.
At the plate, Hech has improved as well. He’s upped his average from .276 to .281, but has also gained some pop. Hechavarria’s ISO of .094 stands above his .080 mark of last year.
Overall, Adeiny Hechavarria may be Miami’s most improved player this season, ranking as the third most valuable member of the Marlins.