Adeiny Hechavarría Barrera (born April 15, 1989) is a Cuban professional baseball shortstop for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, and New York Mets.
Hechavarria with the Mets in 2019
|Atlanta Braves – No. 24|
|Born: April 15, 1989|
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
|August 4, 2012, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2019 season)
|Runs batted in||271|
Hechavarria participated in a Pan American tournament in Mexico in 2006, and played shortstop for the Cuban Junior National team in 2008. In 2009, he defected to Mexico on a boat with 11 others. Agents and other representatives of the Toronto Blue Jays watched him play in workouts in the Dominican Republic, and signed him after his visa paperwork went through in 2010.
Major League careerEdit
Toronto Blue JaysEdit
On April 13, 2010, Hechavarria signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was assigned to extended spring training and first appeared in a game with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. On June 30, 2010, Hechavarria was promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League, where he recorded a .273 batting average and .303 on-base percentage.
On August 4, 2012, Hechavarria was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays active roster for the first time. Hechavarria had a .312 batting average and had scored 78 runs in 102 games with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League (PCL). He appeared in the Triple-A All-Star Game for the PCL.
Hechavarria played third base in his debut due to Brett Lawrie's oblique strain. Hechavarria finished his debut 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and one walk. Hechavarria recorded his first career hit on August 7, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hechavarria was returned to Las Vegas on August 25, when Yunel Escobar returned to the Jays from paternity leave. Hechavarria was recalled on August 26 when José Bautista and David Cooper were added to the disabled list. Hechavarria hit his first career home run, a solo shot off starter Phil Hughes, in a game against the New York Yankees on August 28, 2012.
On November 19, 2012, Hechavarria was traded to the Miami Marlins along with Henderson Álvarez, Jeff Mathis, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafani, and Justin Nicolino, in exchange for Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, José Reyes, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio. On January 29, 2013, Hechavarria was named number 82 on MLB's Top Prospects list.
Hechavarria was the Marlins' starting shortstop for the first 14 games of the 2013 season until he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore throwing arm. He was activated from the disabled list on May 2. On May 5, Hechavarria hit a bases-loaded triple and a grand slam against Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies. On June 8, Hechavarria had an RBI single off Shaun Marcum to score Plácido Polanco in what would be the game winner, as the Marlins beat the Mets in 20 innings. Overall, Hechavarria appeared in 148 games for Miami during the 2013 season. He batted .227./.267/.298, with 3 home runs and 42 runs batted in. He also recorded 8 triples and went 11–for–21 in stolen base attempts.
Hechavarria played in 146 games during the 2014 season. His average climbed to .276, 49 percentage points higher than the previous season. He had one home run, 34 runs batted in, and 10 triples. In 2015, Hechavarria made 130 appearances for the Marlins. He batted .281, hit 5 homers, and drove in 48 runs. He was named the National League Player of the Week on April 26 after posting a .500 batting average and 10 RBI during the preceding week.
During the 2016 season, Hechavarria appeared in 155 games. His batting average fell to .236. He had three home runs and 38 runs batted in. His .311 slugging percentage was the lowest of all qualified major league batters. He also had the lowest Isolated Power of all MLB players in 2016, at .075.
Tampa Bay RaysEdit
On June 26, 2017, the Marlins traded Hechavarria to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor leaguers Braxton Lee and Ethan Clark. Hechavarria finished the year with a .267 batting average and a career high 8 home runs.
On April 26, 2018, Hechavarria broke Chris Gomez's 2002 franchise record by recording 242 consecutive chances without an error. He also owns the Rays franchise record for 71 consecutive games without an error. On August 1, 2018, Hechavarria was designated for assignment to clear space for the newly acquired Tommy Pham.
New York YankeesEdit
On August 31, 2018, the Pirates traded Hechavarria to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later. On October 3, 2018, Hechavarria played in his first ever postseason game, the 2018 American League Wild Card Game. He entered the game in the sixth inning as a defensive replacement for Miguel Andújar.
New York MetsEdit
On February 18, 2019, Hechavarria signed a minor league, Spring Training invite deal with the New York Mets. On May 3, 2019, Hechavarria triggered an opt-out clause in his deal, and the Mets selected his contract to their MLB roster. He was designated for assignment on August 9 to make room for newly signed second baseman, Joe Panik. He was released on August 14.
On January 16, 2020, the Braves re-signed Hechavarría to a one year deal worth $1 million.
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