Hechavarria's instincts on field impress Farrell

Hechavarria's instincts on field impress Farrell

TORONTO -- Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria has made a positive impression on Blue Jays manager John Farrell since joining Toronto in early August.

Sunday marked just the 39th game of Hechavarria's Major League career, the majority of which has seen him play out of position at third base or second.

Through his time in the Minor Leagues, Hechavarria was known as a slick defensive player, with his bat being the part of his game that might hold him back at the big league level, according to many observers. But the 23-year-old has held his own, batting .261 over 111 at-bats and taking a career-high 10-game hitting streak into Sunday's series finale against the Yankees.

Farrell has been impressed by Hechavarria's ability to improve statistically with each promotion through the organization and the fact that the infielder hasn't shied away from the big league spotlight.

"He's impressive with his thoughts, his self-discipline," Farrell said. "He's a bright young player."

Earlier in the week, Hechavarria was named the MVP of the Las Vegas 51s, the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate for whom he hit .312 with six homers and 63 RBIs.

"He's impressive; he really is," Farrell said. "Darn good-looking player."