Adeiny Hechavarria
Adeiny Hechavarria
30-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hechavarria opened the 2018 season with Tampa Bay, hitting .258/.289/.332 across 61 games before being designated for assignment and subsequently traded to the Pirates in August. The shortstop ended up spending less than a month with Pittsburgh, slashing .233/.277/.395 in 15 games before being dealt to the Yankees and serving primarily as a late-game defensive replacement. Hechavarria's value comes from his defense, and while his above-average glove could lead to regular opportunities in 2019, his career .254/.290/.345 slash line coupled with his lack of power or speed make him a low-end fantasy option. It's worth noting that Hechavarria fared much better against lefties in 2018 (.321/.360/.395 line against southpaws compared to his .219/.248/.326 line against righties), making him a candidate to fall into the short side of a platoon. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Braves in August of 2019.
Knocks two homers
SSAtlanta Braves
September 29, 2019
Hechavarria went 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBI in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Mets.
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Hechavarria played the clutch role Sunday, knocking a solo homer in the ninth inning to tie the game before knocking another solo blast in the 11th. It was the first multi-homer game of his career. The 30-year-old infielder went deep a career-high nine times this year with a .742 OPS, his first time logging an OPS over .700.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
2
8
13
5
2
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
7
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .778 227 32 8 21 3 .282 .323 .455
Since 2017vs Right .648 663 73 15 73 6 .240 .276 .373
2019vs Left .871 49 11 4 8 1 .261 .306 .565
2019vs Right .704 172 23 5 25 2 .236 .297 .408
2018vs Left .755 89 11 1 6 0 .321 .360 .395
2018vs Right .573 232 23 5 25 2 .219 .248 .326
2017vs Left .747 89 10 3 7 2 .256 .295 .451
2017vs Right .678 259 27 5 23 2 .262 .287 .391
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .691 362 47 12 43 5 .235 .285 .407
Since 2017Away .674 528 58 11 51 4 .262 .290 .384
2019Home .911 100 22 6 18 2 .275 .340 .571
2019Away .604 121 12 3 15 1 .214 .264 .339
2018Home .586 123 10 2 15 0 .227 .276 .309
2018Away .646 198 24 4 16 2 .258 .281 .366
2017Home .626 139 15 4 10 3 .214 .252 .374
2017Away .741 209 22 4 20 1 .291 .314 .427
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Stat Review
How does Adeiny Hechavarria compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
21.7%
 
BABIP
.272
 
ISO
.202
 
AVG
.241
 
OBP
.299
 
SLG
.443
 
OPS
.742
 
wOBA
.324
 
Exit Velocity
87.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
39.2%
 
Barrels/PA
2.7%
 
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The Marlins flipped Hechavarria to the Rays in late June, after he missed a significant portion of the first three months with an oblique injury. After the trade, he showed more power than usual, swatting seven homers over his final 281 plate appearances, and finishing a season with a slugging percentage above .400 for the first time in five full big-league seasons. The pop came at the expense of a higher strikeout rate, as Hechavarria whiffed 20.6 percent of the time after the move to the Rays, and his .289 OBP for the season remained right in line with his career .291 mark. Most of his value comes from his ability as an excellent defender at shortstop, which will continue to lead him to a high volume of plate appearances. As an everyday player, he's useful for AL-only formats despite the lack of a double-digit steals season since 2013, but his value to the Rays and to fantasy owners comes from the boost he'll provide to the pitchers in Tampa Bay.
Hechavarria took a step backwards in 2016, hitting .236/.283/.311 in 508 at-bats as the Marlins everyday shortstop. He hit just three home runs and stole only one base to go along with 52 runs and 38 RBI. While Hechavarria has never had any power, he used to run at least a little and swiped 11 bags for the Marlins in 2013. His calling cards in the past have been contact hitting and defense, and unfortunately for fantasy owners, defense doesn't count. He hit .281 as an everyday player in 2015 and it is certainly possible his batting average could rebound in 2017, but there's no reason to invest in most fantasy formats given the lack of speed and power. The Marlins are rumored to be shopping him this offseason, though it's hard to imagine they'd get much in return after his miserable 2016. His glove should keep him in an everyday role for now, but Miami will be seriously looking to upgrade that position going forward.
Hechavarria has one of the worst power tools in the major leagues, but it looks like he is starting to make the most of his contact heavy game in Miami. The Cuban slashed .281/.315/.374 in 130 games and set career highs in all three categories. He also set a career high with five home runs after hitting four home runs in 294 games in 2013 and 2014 combined. Hechavarria has yet to post an ISO above .100 with Miami; among hitters with 1,500 plate appearances over the past three seasons, only Ben Revere, Alcides Escobar and Elvis Andrus have a lower ISO than Hechavarria's .081. Unlike those three, Hechavarria isn't stealing bases – he has just 25 steals over the past three seasons, and his single-season high is 11. Without the steals, his empty average doesn't do much for fantasy owners, particularly in a mediocre Marlins lineup.
A whiz with the glove, Hechavarria continues to provide the Marlins with steady defense at shortstop behind their young and talented rotation. His offensive contributions are limited, however, and Hechavarria’s .276/.308/.356 line over 536 at-bats in 2014 is likely the best you can hope for from the slight shortstop. He offers little power, serving up just 21 extra-base hits in 148 games, and is ineffective on the basepaths, getting caught five times in 12 chances last season. Hechavarria boasts a strong 83.8% contact rate, so he’s capable of chipping in a reasonable batting average when benefited by a high BABIP (.327 in 2014), but a lack of punch continually limits his impact at the dish. Turning 26 in April, Hechavarria will need to continue to trim his strikeout rate, find a way to draw walks more frequently, and improve his efficiency on the basepaths to offer much offensive appeal.
The slick-fielding shortstop put together some sporadic outbursts of offensive juice in his first full season in the majors, but is clearly more of an asset on the defensive side of the game. Hechavarria offers very little at the dish, slashing at a poor .227/.267/.298 rate last year with little power to speak of. He attempted 21 steals last season -- a healthy total -- but converted just 52 percent of those chances while being gunned down 10 times. At his best when simply putting the bat on the ball, Hechavarria's value will be heavily driven by his BABIP and his ability to utilize his modest speed efficiently on the basepaths.
Considered an elite defender at shortstop, Hechavarria put up an impressive batting line in Triple-A (.312/.363/.424) with help from the hitter-friendly PCL. When he was called up to the Blue Jays in August, his glove showed promise but it became obvious his bat needed work. Hechavarria was traded to Miami in the offseason and he'll likely win the starting shortstop job with his defensive upside, but he'll need to improve upon his sub-.300 OBP over his first 126 at-bats to stay in the lineup.
Hechavarria struggled to start the season at Double-A New Hampshire (.235/.275/.347) but got promoted anyway and responded with a solid end to the season at Triple-A Las Vegas (.389/.431/.537 in 25 games). He still needs to work on controlling the strike zone but that's not entirely unexpected from the 22-year-old Cuban. There were whispers that he could be available in a trade this winter, but for now he's ticketed to start the season at Triple-A Las Vegas. It's too soon to write him off as a disappointment, and his defense almost ensures an opportunity for everyday duty at the big league level at some point down the road even if his bat doesn't develop.
The highly-touted Cuban signed a four-year, $10 million deal with the Jays last season and was thrust into the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. He struggled greatly, hitting just .193 with 25 strikeouts in 41 games. The Jays gambled with a promotion to Double-A, and Hechavarria responded by hitting .273/.305/.360 with six steals in 61 games. He still needs to work on controlling the strike zone, but it was a nice bounceback out of the 21-year-old. He's still awfully raw and figures to spend most of his time smoothing out the edges at Double-A this season.
Cuban defector who was the starting shortstop for the Cuban Junior team in 2007 World Junior Championship. Seen as one of the top younger prospects to defect from Cuba and will try to sign with a MLB club in 2010.
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Heads to bench with Swanson back
SSAtlanta Braves
August 26, 2019
Hechavarria is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rockies.
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Pops first homer with Atlanta
SSAtlanta Braves
August 22, 2019
Hechavarria went 1-for-2 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
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Serving as primary shortstop
SSAtlanta Braves
August 21, 2019
Hechavarria will bat eighth and make a fifth consecutive start at shortstop Wednesday against the Marlins.
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Signed by Braves
SSAtlanta Braves
August 16, 2019
Hechavarria was signed by the Braves on Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Parts ways with Mets
SSFree Agent
August 14, 2019
Hechavarria was released by the Mets on Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
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