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Marlins expecting Adeiny Hechavarria to produce more in 2017

Hechavarria has tended to be more of a defensive shortstop.

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The Marlins have often praised shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria’s defensive range, but it seems they will be more focused on his offense in 2017.

Hechavarria has hit in the lower third of Miami’s lineup, but the organization is “expecting more offensively” from its shortstop, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.

“He got away from his approach a little bit,” Marlins executive Michael Hill said. “Donnie [Mattingly] and the staff have spoken with him. He knows he didn’t have the year he wanted to have last year. He wants to show what type of player he really is.”

Hechavarria, 27, struggled at the plate last season. Over 155 games, he hit .236/.283/.311 with three home runs and 38 RBIs. That was a significant drop from his .281 average in 2015 and his .276 mark in 2014.

When the Marlins acquired Hechavarria, they likely did so to bring defensive stability to the position. Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon pace the offense—Hechavarria seemingly hasn’t been expected to put up big numbers in the past.

It wasn’t long ago that the Marlins were discussing an extension for Hechavarria, but the club’s outlook might change if he doesn’t produce in 2017. For a pitching staff that lacks a clear ace, consistent production is essential.