MIAMI — In a Marlins lineup featuring the talents of Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison, nobody is swinging the bat better these days than shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. The shortstop has upped his average from .176 to .236 since June 3, and he took a 10-game hitting streak into Friday.
With a base hit in the series opener against the Nationals, Hechavarria would achieve a career-high 11-game hitting streak after tying his previous best of 10 with a 2-for-3 performance in Wednesday’s 6-2 win against the Braves.
Hechavarria is batting .436 (17-for-39) during the streak, with three RBIs and three runs scored. He is batting .316 (37-for-117) since June 5, marking the third-best clip in the Majors by a shortstop during that span.
The way the 24-year-old is hitting now is far removed from the struggles that had his batting average below the Mendoza line from April 10-May 15, and again from May 26-June 8. He has been hitting .200 and above since June 15.
“We’ve all said that this is a kid who’s going to hit,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “I’ve said it all year that I marvel at how he cannot carry his offense out to play defense and how well he’s handled that in times when he’s struggled.