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Ezequiel Tovar

Born: 08/01/2001 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 162
Primary Position: SS
Average frame, some room to fill out upper body further but should maintain most of his twitch/athleticism.
Evaluator Jeffrey Paternostro
Report Date 06/30/2022
Dates Seen 17x 4/2022-6/2022
Affiliate Hartford Yard Goats (AA, Rockies)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2023 Med. 60 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Even stance, rhythmic weight transfer with leg lift, never out of balance even when swinging over offspeed. Plus bat speed, looking to hit line drives. Can handle elite level velocity, struggles with better breakers down, but he's 20 and the approach is solid enough. Will hit it where it's pitched, doesn't get pull happy. Enough struggles with non-fastballs so far to keep it below plus, but should be a very solid hitter.
Power 50 Wants to be level and extend, prefers to work gap-to-gap, but will absolutely crush a mistake, average raw at present will get to solid-average as he fills out, should get to most of it.
Baserunning/Speed 45 Low 4.3s for the most part, not a burner, but speed plays better laterally in the field than straight line base-to-base. Good, aggressive baserunner underway, and will get some steals.
Glove 60 Silky shortstop, glides in the field, has grown on me from 55 to true plus over the breadth of the looks. Smooth on the turn, actions and hands are plus, gets to more balls than you'd think given the foot speed. Good internal clock. Not super loud at the 6, but seems to make at least one plus defensive play a game.
Arm 60 Might be 55 arm strength and carry, but ability to get the ball out quickly and accurately from a variety of angles and on the move makes the throwing play up.

Tovar is one of the youngest players in the Eastern League and while the lack of game experience shows through at the plate from time to time, he's a true two-way shortstop with offensive upside past the grades above. I wouldn't be shocked if he grows into more power than this, and even if the hit tool falls a little short, the defensive nous should make him a regular for a number of years.

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