The Miami Marlins have sent down Riddle and reinstated Hechavarria off the disabled list.
According to Tim Healey of the Sun Sentinel, the Miami Marlins have sent J.T. Riddle back down to Triple-A. The Fish have also reinstated their starting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria back off the disabled list. Hechavarria will join the team in time for the upcoming series in San Diego.
Riddle’s big moment was a walk off home run to beat the Mets on April 16th. However, while making his Major League debut, he couldn’t quite get in a rhythm offensively and struggled for the most part with a slash line of .143/.133/.357.
He had 14 at bats and only managed two hits out of them. One being the oddest first hit of all time, a check swing on a ball that bounced in the dirt and dribbled up the third base line. While the other was homer.
He showed promise in the field though routinely making plays look easy and not committing any errors. Riddle will continue to grow and play everyday for the Baby Cakes in Nola. Riddle will remain on call in case anything unforeseen happens in the future.
Expectations for Hechavarria
The Marlins are now hoping that Hechavarria will come back and play to his and their expectations. Hech is coming off a down year where he only batted at a .236 average only a year after he batted .281.
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Last year Hechavarria was also considered one of the worst hitters in baseball according to Fox Sports. The questions about Hech have never been about his glove, which has potential to win a Gold Glove.
If he doesn’t rebound in the first half of the season, the Marlins will have to make a choice. Miguel Rojas could be the answer if Hechavarria fails to perform.
Rojas has an exceptional glove that is also gold glove caliber, and is on the rise with his bat during an impressive start to the season. Rojas has been hitting quite well to start the season off. If Hech can’t pull it together, there is always that possibility that he may lose the starting spot.
Hech was included in trade talks during the off season. Given the performance of the Marlins starting five, Hech may be considered a trade piece. If he can’t pick up the pace, I can not imagine that the Marlins will want to consider paying his salary.
Especially when they have players like Rojas and Riddle waiting for their moment to shine.