2015 Mets Spring Training Player: Wilfredo Tovar (AA short stop)
Wilfredo Jose Tovar was born on August 11th 1991 in Santa Teresa, Venezuela. The 5' 10 right hand hitting short stop was signed out of high school by the New York Mets in 2007.
He began playing for the Mets in the Venezuelan Summer League for two years, landing with the Gulf Coast Mets in 2009. He had a busy 2009 starting out playing 18 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones where he batted .265. He was promoted to the Savannah Sand Gnats where he hit even better (.281) playing good defense. He finished out the year playing at A ball + St. Lucie for 30 more games.
In 2011 he played a full season for the Sand Gnats (131 games) batting .251 with 2 HRs & 41 RBIs.
In 2012 he was back at St. Lucie batting .284 getting promoted to AA Binghamton. In 2013 he was invited to his Mets first Spring Training playing in nine games. He then was the Binghamton Mets main short stop playing 128 games posting a .981 fielding % while hitting .263.
In late September he got a call up to the Mets squad, debuting on September 22nd in a 4-3 Mets win at Philadelphia. In the 7th inning Tovar got his first hit & MLB RBI as he singled off Cliff Lee. Juan Lagares scored to put the Mets ahead in the game & a Phillies error brought in Anthony Recker with what turned out to be the games winning run. Two days later he drove in another run in a 4-2 Mets win over the Reds in Cincinnati. In seven games he hit .200.
Tovar was invited to his second Mets Spring Training in 2014 where he went 1-3 in three games. He then played that season with the Gulf Coast Mets (2 games)St. Lucie Mets (5 games) & then back with the Binghamton Mets (78 games). He hit .282 with 2 HRs 8 doubles & 29 RBIs.
The slick fielding Tovar is back with his third Mets Spring Training in 2015.