DENVER -- Adeiny Hechavarria dropped down his first bunt single for the Marlins in Monday’s 3-1 win against the Rockies.
Joe Espada hopes it won’t be the last.
Espada, the Marlins’ third base coach, has been working extensively with Hechavarria on the bunt as a tool to improve his value as a leadoff hitter.
“At first, I’ve got to sell him on the fact that it should be part of his game,” Espada said Tuesday. “A lot of these Latin kids, they don’t bunt their way out of their countries. They swing their way out. That’s part of the game they haven’t spent a lot of time learning, and I understand.”
Espada said the bunt can not only help the team, but make a big difference in Hechavarria’s average.
“I tell him, ‘If you get three of those a month, and you play six months, do the math,’ ” Espada said. “Last night, it [the bunt single] was his only hit of the game. So instead of going 0 for 3 or 0 for 4, he got 1 for 3 with a walk. It starts with that. You try to sell it to him that way.”
On Monday, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was playing behind the bag when Hechavarria dropped down his bunt. Espada said now that Hechavarria showed he can bunt, corner infielders will have to begin respecting his ability and play in.
“And that will just open up more holes for him,” Espada said.
Deep in outfielders, the Marlins traded Gorkys Hernandez to the Kansas City Royals for shortstop Alex McClure. The Marlins obtained Hernandez last season in the Gaby Sanchez trade with Pittsburgh.
McClure, 24, had played in 74 games this season at the Single and Double A levels in the Royals’ farm system, hitting .222 with no homers and eight stolen bases. He is a career .216 hitter in the minors. McClure was an 11th-round pick by the Royals out of Middle Tennessee State University in 2010. The Marlins have assigned him to Single A Greensboro.
Hernandez had spent the entire season at Triple A New Orleans, where he was hitting .275 with four homers. Hernandez appeared in 45 games last season for the marlins, hitting .212 with three homers.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (3-2, 2.44 ERA) at Colorado Rockies LHP Jorge De La Rosa (9-5, 3.12), 8:40 p.m., Coors Field.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 4.15) at Colorado Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio (6-4, 4.73), 3:10 p.m., Coors Field.
Scouting report: De La Rosa has gone 3-4 with a 6.07 ERA in nine career starts against the Marlins. But he has been tough to beat over the years at Coors Field, where he has gone 48-33 since joining the Rockies in 2008.