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Who is Adeiny Hechevarria?



By Mike Silva ~ February 14th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees.

George King of the NY Post talked about Cuban defector Adeinis Hechavarria yesterday. Rumor has it the Yankees will be serious bidders on Hechavarria when the Office of Foreign Assets Committee (OFAC) allows him to sign with MLB clubs.

The Yankees are no strangers to international signings. Current top prospects Jesus Montero was a top signing, and last year the Yanks inked Dominican catcher Gary Sanchez. One of the last Cuban signings was Juan Miranda, who probably would be the starting first basemen if not for someone named Mark Teixeira. Of course, we all know the success they had with Cuban import Orlando Hernandez, but who exactly is Adeiny Hechevarria?

I came across a great resource in a website called Cuban Ball Players which had this to say about Hechevarria:

Hechevarria covers a lot of ground, has amazing quickness, great hands and his footwork is excellent.

Iglesias had a higher batting average in Cuba, but Hechevarria hit for more power and had a higher fielding average.

Hechevarria likes to hit behind the runners. During last season, he hit 50 times toward right field. He also hit 38 times to left field and 32 to center field.

I think Adeiny will land a contract higher than José Iglesias who signed an $8.2 million contract with Boston.

Another interesting point is that he pushed Iglesias to second base during the 2007 Junior World Championships.

Below is a YouTube video. At the 3:40 mark of this video, Adeiny Hechevarria replaces Luis Navas at SS.  At the 4:58 mark, Hechevarria made a web gem.  Also, RHP Reinier Roibal takes the mount with number 77 at the 4:58 mark.

Even though he doesn’t get the runner out what great range displayed by the kid. If you scroll down there are some stats, but who knows how seriously we can take any of that.

King went on to report that Hechevarria is such a great athlete that he could go the B.J. Upton route and be converted to the outfield. Obviously the kid is a great athlete and scouts say he would be a first round pick if he were drafted.

Knowing that it will take $10 million dollars to possibly land his services the new budget conscience Yankees better be right. For every El Duque there has been an Adrian Hernandez or Andy Morales. The team also doesn’t have a history of patience (see Jose Contreras) and it’s possible they sign Hechevarria to a deal and then do the same thing to him that was done to Miranda when something better comes along.

Last summer I talked with Prof. Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria talks about the history of Cuban baseball which you can download here.

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1 Response to Who is Adeiny Hechevarria?

  1. Kevin Davis

    Here we go again! Another Cuban exile destined for the Yankees. Didn’t we just go through this with Aroidys Chappman? Please save us the weeks of speculation on a player the Yankees are NOT going to sign. Lets talk about the players we have, OK?

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