Blue Jays infield prospect Adeiny Hechavarria is off to somewhat of a slow start offensively, but that shouldn't stop scouts, media types and fan alike from getting excited about the slick fielding 22-year-old.
Signed as a free agent out of Cuba last year, Hechavarria made his affiliated professional debut with the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays before being promoted to the Double A New Hampshire FisherCats. Combined in 102 games at 2 levels last year, Hechavarria posted a .242 batting average with 18 doubles, 4 triples, 4 HR, 41 RBI and 13 steals.
In 24 games this season, still with the FisherCats, Hechavarria is batting .216 with 5 doubles, 2 triples and 1 HR. He has been successful in 3 of his 4 stolen base attempts as well.
Currently on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster, Hechavarria had a hit against Yankees hurler Andy Pettitte last September, when the lefty great was rehabbing with the Trenton Thunder during the Eastern League playoffs.
Highly regarded for his defense, Hechavarria was formerly the starting shortstop for the Cuban National Team.
During New Hampshire's visit to Trenton last weekend, I had the opportunity to speak with Adeiny, with the help of New Hampshire coach Danny Solano, about his defense, his language barrier, the process of signing with Toronto and plenty more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.
And as a bonus...here's some footage of pregame fielding warm-ups featuring the talented shortstop.
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