"Everything went well on my first try," Hechavarria said in Spanish. "I got to Mexico, established my residency within two to three months, and from there I was able to fly to the Dominican, where I was signed. And that's it."
Hechavarria's parents also are in Miami with him. Hechavarria and Jose Fernandez are Miami's two Cuban-born players. Fernandez's story is well-documented. He defected in 2008, also through Mexico, and he settled in Tampa, Fla.