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Miami Marlins’ Perry Hill believes in Adeiny Hechavarria

 
 
 Adeiny Hechavarria #3 of the Miami Marlins makes a play on a bouncing ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Adeiny Hechavarria #3 of the Miami Marlins makes a play on a bouncing ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Perry Hill always bemoans the fact that one of his former star pupils, Alex Gonzalez, never won a Gold Glove Award.

But Hill could have a Gold Glove shortstop in the making in Adeiny Hechavarria.

“I’m one of those guys I don’t believe it until I see it,” said Hill of Hechavarria, who joined the Marlins in the controversial trade with Toronto last fall. “But I’m a believer.”

Hechavarria has been charged with only two errors this season, the last occurring 28 games ago on May 21. Only Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki and Boston’s Stephen Drew, with one error each, have committed fewer.

The Marlins’ record for fewest errors by a shortstop in one season belongs to, somewhat surprisingly, Hanley Ramirez, who made 10 in 2009. That record is well within range for Hechavarria, who credits Hill for improving him defensively.

“This year, I’ve learned the little things that help a shortstop,” Hechavarria said through a translator. “I’ve learned important things about securing the ball that my professor, Hill, taught me. He’s showing me the little things that a lot of young players lack.”

What has most impressed Hill has been the 24-year-old Cuban native’s ability to make the routine plays consistently and his precise throws to first. They are almost always on target.

“He can flat out play,” Hill said.

Though Hechavarria has struggled at the plate with a .211 average, he hasn’t carried it with him to the field.

“Everybody wants to make plays to come out on ESPN,” Hechavarria said. “But, with [Hill], I’ve learned that the difficult plays, you have to make look easy.”

One day, perhaps, a Gold Glove could come Hechavarria’s way. No Marlins shortstop has ever won one.

“Honestly, that’s what I want, and I know it’s not impossible because, here, nothing is impossible,” he said. “In Cuba, you can win a Gold Glove and you can be the best, but they’re never going to give you a trophy like they do here. I would like one day to win a Gold Glove and … I’d like to go to the All-Star Game, as well. I know I can, and I’m going to do it one day.”

Making history

With their 6-3 victory on Friday night, the Marlins established a franchise record by winning their ninth in a row at AT&T Park.

It was the longest road winning streak for the Marlins at any ballpark.

Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs, including the tying run in the sixth and go-ahead run in the eighth, and reliever A.J. Ramos collected his first big-league victory.

Coming up

•  Sunday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 3.00 ERA) at San Francisco Giants RHP Matt Cain (5-3, 4.55), 4:05 p.m., AT&T Park.

•  Monday: No game.

•  Tuesday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (4-4, 3.05) vs. Minnesota Twins RHP Kevin Correia (6-4, 3.87), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Scouting report: The Giants lost Cain’s first five starts but have won eight of his past 10. Cain is 4-3 lifetime with a 3.00 ERA in 11 career starts against the Marlins.

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