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Sat Aug 12 201714:41Hechavarria one of few positives for Marlins
MIAMI -- Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who had two hits Wednesday to raise his batting average to .278, is one of the few things that have gone right for the Miami Marlins this season.He recently went 43 straight games without an error before committing two last Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. The team record is 54 by Hanley Ramirez in 2009.Hechavarria, who has made just six errors all year, is competing to win the Gold Glove award at shortstop. But it will be tough to take that award away from Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who has won it the past two years in a row.Entering Wednesday, Simmons led the NL with a .994 fielding percentage. Hechavarria was second with a .987 fielding percentage, which is the best mark of his three-year career.Marlins infield coach Perry Hill said Hechavarria has gotten much better in his knowledge of hitters and counts, getting himself in better position to make plays.A native of Cuba, Hechavarria is under club control for the next three seasons. He is a fairly big shortstop at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, but he moves as if he were much lighter.Offensively, Hechavarria has made steady progress in most areas. He has already set career highs in homers (5) and RBIs (45). His on-base percentage (.311) and his slugging percentage (.371) would also be career highs if he remains at that pace or higher.Where the growth needs to happen is on the "small ball" aspects of the game that a player who is not a power hitter would be smart to try to master. Namely, Hechavarria needs to improve his walk rate and his stolen bases.His career high in walks is 30, and he has 20 now, so there doesn't seem to be much progress there.As for stolen bases, Hechavarria has 23 for his career, but he has been caught 17 times. This year, he is a bit better percentage-wise, stealing five bases in seven attempts.Bottom line: "Hech" is a valuable player based on his stellar defense, but if he can learn to draw more walks and steal more bases at a higher-percentage rate ... he has an All-Star future.
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