Door Opens In Toronto For Hechavarria
TORONTO—Adeiny Hechavarria is a shortstop, yet the 23-year-old's first major league action has mostly been at third base.
An injury to regular third baseman Brett Lawrie meant that Hechavarria was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of schedule and he made his major league debut at third base on Aug. 4.
"Defensively he's now ready," manager John Farrell said. "We see that. And his instincts on the field defensively are very good. But as far as offensively, he's got some bat speed, he's got very good balance at the plate. He's showed that from Day One here. So it's hard to say at this point."
There never has been a question about his defense at shortstop.
"Just by watching he feels most comfortable at shortstop," Farrell said. "He's had to learn quickly at third base just because of different angles to ground balls, different length to some hops there. But from Day One he's shown a balanced approach at the plate. And with more at-bats I'm certain he's feeling more comfortable. He's kept his bat in the zone, he's not pulled off pitches. He's hit some balls the other way and he's shown a solid consistent approach at the plate."
Hechavarria, signed out Cuba in 2010 for $10 million, was given time at second base during spring training, then at Triple-A. The Blue Jays could be looking for a second baseman because Kelly Johnson can become a free agent.
"He played a bunch in Las Vegas, certainly wasn't the everyday second baseman there, but he played there and is an option internally," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "I really don't know which way we're going to go. You're going to look to get the best players you can, and if that means that someone comes up in trade—or in free agency—and Adeiny's optioned down, he's right there and can be called up again."
After 28 games, Hechavarria was batting .232/.264/.354 with two homers and 10 RBIs with Toronto. At Las Vegas he batted .312/.363/.424 with six homers and 63 RBIs.
• Triple-A hitting coach Chad Mottola was called up to Toronto for September for the second year in a row. The Blue Jays are considering using two hitting coaches with Mottola joining Dwayne Murphy next season.
• Righthanders Chad Beck, David Carpenter and Joel Carreno, outfielder Anthony Gose and catcher/infielder Yan Gomes were called up to Toronto after their season in Las Vegas ended.