ORLANDO -- The Marlins believe Adeiny Hechavarria to be one of the top defensive shortstops in the majors. But, from the standpoint of sabermetrics, he ranks as one of the worst -- and the Marlins want to find out why.
"I know an above average defensive shortstop when I see one with my own eyes," said Michael Hill, the Marlins' president of baseball operations. "The numbers don't match."
As a result, Hill said he'll instruct a Marlins staff member to meet with one of the numbers crunchers at the upcoming winter meetings to find out why Hechavarria rates so poorly.
"I want a quality defensive shortstop to be acknowledged for what he is," Hill said. "It's just interesting to me. From a scouting standpoint, (Hechavarria) is what you want. Ask anybody who played against us if they would take Hechavarria at shortstop. I'm obviously a laittle slanted. But when the three finalists for the Gold Glove for shortstop came out and he wasn't a part of it....?"
According to Baseball-Reference, Hechavarria ranks 15th of the 20 qualifying major league shortstops in defensive WAR (wins above replacement) with a figure of 0.4. The Braves' Andrelton Simmons leads with a dWAR of 5.4
"Simmons is a great shortstop, but I've got Hech and Simmons neck and neck," Hill said. "I'm just interested to know."