2014 Mets Top Prospects: No. 25 Wilfredo Tovar, SS

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25. Wilfredo Tovar

Height: 5’6”
Weight: 160 lbs.
Age: 22
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Mets fans got a small taste of Wilfredo Tovar last season when he came up for 7 games, going 3-for-15 with 2 RBI’s, 1 SB, 1 BB, and 3 K’s. He is not a toolsy shortstop in any light. With virtually non-existent power and below average speed he will never hit more than a handful of home runs or steal more than a few bases per season. Tovar will forever be a singles hitter who will most likely struggle to stand up against major league pitching so his hit tool isn’t much to be excited about.

Where Tovar excels is defensively and instinctively. He is a great defensive minded player with a quick first step, soft hands, and a solid arm. Although, he’ll never be at the top of the league defensively due to lack of tools, he knows what he’s doing out there for sure.

Outlook: Wilfredo Tovar will probably never put up numbers that will justify him in a starting role for any team. With Justin Turner being non-tendered, there is every chance Tovar makes the team out of spring training where he should have good value as a backup utility infielder. With the ability to play above average defense at shortstop and second base, he is the kind of player that all winning teams seem to have on the bench. A player that could come in late in the game or in extra innings for defense to lock up a win. He could probably be a somewhat sufficient starter at the bottom of the order if a player were to go down with an injury but there’s no doubt he’s best suited as a backup. Think of an Omar Quintanilla type with more range.