It was Hechevarria's first three-hit game since Aug. 2 and first home run since May 5. He owns a .234/.274/.310 line with three home runs, 34 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 458 at-bats.
"He's kind of hot-and-cold," Redmond said, per MLB.com. "He'll go good for a while and then start expanding the zone, but right now it seems like his at-bats have been good [and] his approach has been good. ... You may not day-in and day-out see the results, but we do, and he's worked hard at it. I think he's going to be a top-of-the-order type of hitter, whether it be a leadoff guy or a two-hole guy down the road."
Redmond added Hechavarria is working on specific areas to improve his presence as a leadoff hitter.
"[He's working on] a lot of things, swinging at strikes, driving the ball the other way, those things that you talk a lot about with young hitters," Redmond said. "[Also] hitting the ball a little deeper and [hitting] the ball to right field instead of being a one-dimensional type hitter. But he's been able to make the adjustments."
"It's probably result-oriented," Redmond said. "We're looking for somebody to get on base there in front of [Giancarlo] Stanton. We've talked about Hech (
With the recent influx of speedsters over the last few weeks -- including Jonathan Villar, Junior Lake, and maybe even Dee Gordon --
Hechavarria has two seasons of double-digit steals in the minors, so the speed wasn't unexpected. But the Marlins have been trying to work on his lead, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The team says that he can be "a 20-25 steal per year guy."
Hechavarria may not hit above .260 this year, but he could be in line for an increase in steals, especially if he continues to hit higher in the order -- something he has done (batting first or second) 11 times in the last 15 games.
Mired in a 2-for-25 slump that has taken some of the shine off his stellar July, the
"He's been grinding pretty good not only since the All-Star break, but really since he came back being healthy," manager Mike Redmond told MLB.com before the game. "Just give him a blow, a mental day, whether he feels like he needs it or not. I think he needs a break."
Redmond expects Hechavarria to be back in the starting line Thursday. He finished the month of July batting .324 with a .722 OPS in 102 at-bats, after hitting just .203 through the first three months of the season.
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|2010||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||61||253||36||69||11||1||3||34||12||40||6||3||.305||.360||.273|
|2010||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||41||161||21||31||7||3||1||7||5||25||7||0||.217||.292||.193|
|2011||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||111||464||58||109||22||6||6||46||25||78||19||13||.275||.347||.235|
|2011||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||25||108||16||42||6||2||2||11||8||21||1||2||.431||.537||.389|
|2012||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||102||443||78||138||20||6||6||63||38||86||8||2||.363||.424||.312|
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