2019 Mets Non-Roster Invitee Preview: Adeiny Hechavarria

A late addition to Mets camp this year, we completely forgot to write a Non-Roster Invitee article for Hechavarria. This seems even more important to go back and do now as there is a chance that he makes this team.

Adeiny has never been known for offense but has been a defensive wiz that Mets became accustomed to playing against him so many times as a Marlin.

Adeiny was originally signed by the Blue Jays in 2010 and was part of the massive trade with the Marlins in 2012 that sent Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes all up North. Hechavarria became a fixture in the infield for years before he was traded to the Rays in 2017 (Braxton Lee, who is also a Met, was part of that trade). He was then traded twice in August 2018 first to Pirates and then to the Yankees.

2018 (Three Teams): 321 PA, .247/.279/.345
Career: .254/.290/.345

A couple of days ago we published an 2019 projections article for Hechavarria which can be found here.

When the Mets signed Adeiny it was clearly for depth. With Lowrie and Frazier yet to play at all this spring, Adeiny has a shot to make the team. His main competition is burgeoning fan favorite Luis Guillorme (which Adeiny is attached to – it was his bat that Luis caught multiple years ago that endeared Luis to the fan base). Helping his case, Adeiny is having an average spring. He’s hitting .259/.310/.444 (Luis is just having a monster spring, which is why don’t hear about Adeiny’s). Also helping Adeiny’s case, his natural position is shortstop where the Mets are thin on depth.

If both Luis Guillorme and Adeiny Hechavarria end up in Syracuse though, the infield will have one of the best defenses in the minor leagues.

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