Wait, wait, wait. SS Wilfredo Tovar (.262/.318/.343 – 111 games) had two home runs in this game. How surprising is this? Very. The 5’10″, 160 lber, had two home runs in his first 110 games with Binghamton this year. He had one in 122 games last year. He had two in Savannah in 131 games in 2011. He did not homer in 92 games across three levels in 2010. His offensive game is all about contact with a little bit of plate discipline. Since April 20, when his OPS bottomed out at .378, he’s hit .279/.333/.370 in 96 games in AA with 23 walks against 36 strikeouts in 351 PA. That’s a 6.5% walk rate and a 10.3% strikeout rate. In the field, Tovar, who turns 22 in three days, is probably the best defensive shortstop in the system. He’s not straight-line fast, but he possesses outstanding body control, plenty of arm and a quick release.
He’s going to play in the big leagues. The question remains whether he will hit enough to play everyday in the big leagues. As a group, MLB shortstops have hit .255/.307/.372 this year with a 6.5% walk rate and a 16.5% strikeout rate. He’s already on the Mets’ 40-man roster, and will likely make his MLB debut at some point in 2014 with timing depending on injuries and performance in front of him (by Ruben Tejada, who turns 23 in October, and perhaps Omar Quintanilla). Mets shortstops have hit .218/.292/.281 this year with a 71 sOPS+ (29% below MLB average for the position), or 29th in the big leagues.
RF Cory Vaughn was 1-for-4 with a homer, his second longball in three games since returning to AA. He’s 5-for-10 with a double and those two jacks since returning to AA. Vaughn will be Rule 5 eligible for the first time this year and I think has work to do to solidify his case for a spot.
Rehabbing C Travis d’Arnaud was 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk and two whiffs. He’s 6-for-25 in six games in AA where four of his six hits have gone for extra-bases.
Erik Goeddel was ok but hurt by two of his own throwing errors: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.