Tovar, 22, has spent the last two years playing for AA Binghamton. In 486 plate appearances this season, Tovar hit .263 with a .323 OBP. Tovar’s offense is secondary. His value to the Mets is as a plus plus defender at shortstop – he was rated the best defensive infielder in the Mets system after the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons.
Wilfredo Tovar is probably not the answer for the Mets at shortstop going forward. As is noted above, his value is his defense. He’s viewed by most as an all glove, no hit guy, making his inclusion in the lineup as an everyday player highly unlikely.
However, he could very easily fit on the club in the near future as a backup/late inning defensive replacement. If the Mets opt to go outside the organization for a new starting shortstop, and Ruben Tejada isn’t brought back, a door could very likely be opened for Tovar.