In a curious bit of news yesterday the Blue Jays promoted the Human Aroldis Chapman Consolation Prize, New Hampshire shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, to Las Vegas.
I’ll admit that Hechavarria is maybe a difficult prospect to deal with: his glove, they say, could play in the Majors right now, while his bat still kinda has a looooooong way to go– as in, like, you know how “they” also say that Anthony Gose has a long way to go? Um… Gose has a .766 OPS and .360 wOBA at New Hampshire this year, while Hechavarria has a .622 OPS and a .272 wOBA.
Keith Law has been quick to point out the fact that New Hampshire has a good park for left-handed hitters in his analysis of Gose and Eric Thames, and maybe the fact that Hechavarria is a right-hander makes up for some of the gap between them. It may also be the case that the Jays really like the job that Chad Mottola has done with hitters at Las Vegas [Travis Snider: Now With 300% More Walks!], or that the good strides Hechavarria’s been making with the bat aren’t being reflected in the stats, or that they’re super impressed by his 29 hits in the last 24 games, or that they really think he needs a shot of confidence… but none of that actually really makes sense, does it???
Personally, I’m with @AndyMc9293, who wonders if maybe somewhere in that fat $10-million Major League contract Hechavarria signed last spring there’s a stipulation that he needs to be promoted by certain dates. Maybe that’s giving far too much benefit of the doubt to the Jays, but… fuck
So maybe John Farrell actually doesn’t need to shut his filthy mouth when he says, acording to Mike Wilner, that the club “had always planned to have Hechavarria in AAA at some point this year.” Maybe it’s because they knew he’d have to be here. I just don’t know, and maybe I’m giving the club far too much benefit of the doubt on that, but… fuck… I just completely don’t get it otherwise. I mean, we’ve been talking these past couple weeks about how Travis Snider was rushed and he could hit. This guy can’t! What gives?
*Confusion over the picture caption via you not knowing enough Le Tigre… you fucking sexist!