8/7/2014 6:45 P.M. ET
Marlins lobby for Hechavarria to win Gold Glove
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- To the Marlins, it's a matter of when and not if Adeiny Hechavarria will win a Gold Glove Award.
The smooth-fielding shortstop has made several outstanding plays at PNC Park the past couple of games.
In Miami's 7-3 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday, Hechavarria sparkled going to his backhand side and throwing out the speedy Gregory Polanco at first base. He also made a nice play to throw out Jeff Locke.
"For us, he's a Gold Glover," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We get to see him play every day. His day will come. He's that good. He just continues to do what he's able to do this year. Through that consistency, he eventually will get a Gold Glove."
Hechavarria did commit an error in the seventh inning as well, his 11th miscue of the season. Entering Thursday, his fielding percentage was .973, ninth among National League shortstops.
The 25-year-old has made tremendous strides at the plate. He was batting .278 after struggling through a .227 average in 2013.
As much as Hechavarria is appreciated by the Marlins, his skills still aren't getting noticed by the analytical community. FanGraphs has his WAR (Wins Above Replacement) at 0.3, which also accounts for his offense.
According to Baseball Reference, the Miami shortstop's defensive WAR is 0.0, as average as you can get. By comparison, Atlanta's Andrelton Simmons's defensive WAR is 2.1.
Two National League scouts, who asked not to be identified, each hold Hechavarria in high regard.
Asked his impression of Hechavarria's defense, one scout said: "Awesome. Gold Glove-caliber."
A second scout said he ranks Hechavarria at 65-70 on an 80 scale. A 65 is regarded as an All-Star contender, and 70 is second-tier franchise player.
Miami right-hander Tom Koehler says Hechavarria seems to make a spectacular play every night.
"If people still aren't valuing how good he is back there, they need to do themselves a favor and watch some highlights and recaps of the games or something," Koehler said. "I don't see too many guys doing it better."
Slumping McGehee gets rare day off
PITTSBURGH -- For much of the season, Casey McGehee has picked up the Marlins with his bat, glove and leadership.
But the 31-year-old third baseman has been scuffling of late, so he was given a rare day off on Thursday.
In the first five games of August, McGehee is 2-for-16 (.125) with no extra-base hits or RBIs.
Donovan Solano got the nod at third base in the series finale at Pittsburgh.
"Casey has been grinding it out," manager Mike Redmond said. "It's been coming. I've been wanting to give him one, and today seemed like a perfect day."
McGehee, who was available off the bench if needed, appeared in 112 of Miami's first 113 games.
The only Marlin to appear in all 114 games is All-Star Giancarlo Stanton.
Marlins sign undrafted Vanderbilt hero Norwood
PITTSBURGH -- College World Series hero John Norwood may have slipped through the cracks in the First-Year Player Draft in June, but the former Vanderbilt outfielder didn't go unnoticed in the Cape Cod League.
The Marlins heavily scouted Norwood in the wooden-bat summer league, and they presented him with a $275,000 signing bonus.
Norwood now joins Miami's farm system, giving the organization yet another promising talent.
"He went undrafted, which is amazing," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "All our guys as part of their summer coverage were up in the Cape, and he just kept it going, kept swinging the bat and hitting with power and playing a good outfield. It's nice to add another piece into the system."
Norwood is another example of the organization's commitment to bolstering its overall farm system.
The Marlins just traded a talented outfield prospect in Jake Marisnick to the Astros. And the club is seeking to improve its position-player depth.
Norwood gained national attention by belting the College World Series-clinching home run for Vanderbilt.
"He's coming from a great school, defending national champions," Hill said. "There's no hiding people in the Cape, especially when you're a college player hitting with wood and you're productive, there's going to be action on you. There was action on him, and we were fortunate he liked our situation and wanted to be a Marlin."
• Jeff Baker fouled a ball of his foot on Wednesday night. He was available Thursday night, but the foot is sore.
• Jarred Cosart (left oblique) threw a light bullpen session on Thursday at PNC Park, and he is scheduled to throw a full bullpen session on Saturday in Cincinnati. If that goes well, the right-hander will rejoin the rotation and start on Tuesday against the Cardinals at Marlins Park.