The Mets made a late signing of Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league deal this year with an invite to spring training. Hechavarria has never been known for his offense but is a defense super star. What the Mets didn’t know at the time is Lowrie and Fraizer would both be nursing injuries this late into camp and what seemed like a long shot for Hechavarria may become a reality.
So far this spring he has not impressed offensively posting a .286 OBP. Here are his numbers from last year:
2018: 274 PA, 253 AB, 5 HR, .249/.279/.336, 0.8 WAR, 89 DRC+
Career: .254/.290/.345, 78 DRC+
Computers project these numbers for 2019:
(Citations: Baseball Prospectus (BP) projections are from the Baseball Prospectus annual which can you can get here. It’s highly recommended. ESPN projections can be found here. Steamer can be found here. Baseball Reference projections (BR) can found on the players BR page which linked elsewhere on this article. )
It looks like from the average line that Adeiny is projected to have a slightly better season then average, but when you look at the numbers, Steamer and BR have him below average for the season, ESPN right around average and BP way above average. This is noteworthy: BP is usually the conservative, wet blanket on player projections and are rarely this different in a positive way for the player. I’m not sure what if any thing to make of it but it is interesting.