Who is Wilfredo Tovar?

imagesIn the wake of Ruben Tejada ending his season with a broken leg, the Mets promoted 22-year-old SS Wilfredo Tovar.

Tovar has two hits in four at bats since joining the team on Sept. 19.

“I was not expecting it, just being home and then all of a sudden getting the call,” Tovar told ESPN New York about his promotion. “I’m just trying to make the most out of it.”

The Mets signed Tovar as an international free agent out of Venezuela when he was 16 years old.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

He’s an interesting little player. With all due respect to Omar Quintanilla, I’d prefer to see Tovar play as much as possible between now and the end of the season. The buzz on Tovar is that he’s essentially Tejada: The Sequel. He’s the same size as Ruben, maybe even a tad smaller, with very little potential for power and makes similar contact with a similar plate discipline. However, Tovar’s defensive talent is what people like to talk about most. They say he plays smart and, though he isn’t the fastest guy with the best range, he almost always has himself in the right place at the right time. I don’t think he can be an every-day player, but if he’s an option for the bench it would be nice to know…




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