It’s no secret that hitting well depends wholly on timing. During the Royals’ 6-3 loss on Saturday, catcher Drew Butera was schooled in hitting fundamentals by Cleveland right-hander Cody Allen.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, with one out and a three-run deficit looming over Kansas City, Butera saw a knuckle curve leave Allen’s glove. His guess as to the ball’s landing place was a little off, to say the least.
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Butera, a decent hitter in most respects, probably deserves a pass for his uncharacteristic flail. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t watch it over and over again:
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.