The Miranda, Venezuela native signed with the Mets when he was just 16 years old in 2007. While Ruben Tejada is likely to be New York's starting shortstop on Opening Day by default, Tovar can impress Mets brass in spring training because he is a fine defensive shortstop.
Tovar had a brief cup of coffee with New York last season, hitting just .200 in 15 at-bats after being called up in September. At 5'10", 160 pounds, Tovar is slight in stature and is never going to remind anyone of Cal Ripken, Jr. in the power department.
In fact, Tovar's slugging percentage was just .340 in 133 games with Double-A Binghamton last season. He did hit .263 though and added 12 stolen bases.
What Tovar features is a very flashy glove with a lot of range in the field. His fielding percentage was a very solid .981 for Binghamton, and Fangraphs gave him a 1.0 UZR.
The wiry Tovar seems destined for Triple-A Las Vegas this coming season, but Tejada has been a disappointment and Omar Quintanilla hit just .222 for New York in 2013.
Could Tovar grab the starting shortstop spot?
Stranger things have happened though.