Colorado Rockies news: It’s finally time to go

For months now lovers Colorado Rockies The idea of ​​”Tovar Time:” has sparked the day when the organization does not exist. 2 possibility and no. 28 Ezequiel Tovar will likely be called up on the MLB scale for his first major league debut. There was clamor to call him up before the All-Star break, only to deny those hopes a nagging thigh injury while fans spent calendar days waiting for Tovar’s next time.

Rockies fans don’t have to wait anymore. Ezequiel Tovar (number. 1 PuRP) receives the call today for a series finale this afternoon against San Francisco Giants. Venezuelan baseball writer Daniel Alvarez Montes of El Extrabase was the first to report the story yesterday, and it was later confirmed by the Rockies and members of the Colorado media such as Patrick Saunders.

Having Ezequiel Tovar finally on the brink of his major debut in the league is where most people think the story begins. However, I think it is important to explore all the minutes that pass before the watch finally hits Tovar’s time.

Tovar was only 16 years old when Rocky signed him out of Venezuela as part of the 2017 International class, but Rocky propelled him up the ranks relatively quickly. His first three seasons in professional baseball — from the Dominican Summer League to the Short-A Team — didn’t carry much in terms of offensive elite numbers. He was solid, but Tovar was too young to grow into his six-foot-tall body. During his first two years of life, he had only 20 additional primary injuries, only two of which were at home. It only hit over 0.260 with DSL Rockies. Where Tovar stood out early was defense. in 2020 MLB.com called Tovar best defensive player In the Rockies system.

“Tovar made his US debut in 2019 and took his glove with him. His hands, range and arm all indicate shortstop plus play for far too long.”

“He knows where he’s supposed to be. He reads jumps. He does all the things you hope he’s 24 or 25 years old,” Rocky Scout Ty Koslow said. “He’s 19 and playing the game like he’s 30. He’s really comfortable there.”

Much like the current prospect-holding Rocky Drew Romo when he was drafted, Tovar’s defense was already very advanced while his racket had potential but needed work.

Ezekiel Tovar 2018-2021

year age Team J Palestinian Authority AB R h 2B 3 b HR RBI SB BB So AVG OBP SLG
year age Team J Palestinian Authority AB R h 2B 3 b HR RBI SB BB So AVG OBP SLG
2018 16 DSL Rockies 35 158 130 29 34 4 4 0 12 16 22 33 .262 .369 .354
2019 17 RK Grand Junction Rockies 18 86 72 12 19 2 2 0 3 4 10 17 .264 .357 .347
2019 17 Short-A Boys Hawks 55 243 217 22 54 4 2 2 13 13 16 52 .249 304 .313
2020 18 MiLB season canceled due to COVID-19
2021 19 Grizzlies Low A Fresno 72 326 298 60 92 21 3 11 54 21 14 38 .309 .346 .510
2021 19 High Spokane Indians 32 143 134 19 32 9 0 4 18 3 3 19 .239 .266 .396
2021 19 AFL Salt River Rafters 25 96 87 10 14 2 0 3 10 2 5 20 .161 .219 .287

Tovar joined the Rockies in their Arizona compound for fall guidance at the end of the 2019 and 2020 minor league spring training only to end up in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will be stuck in Arizona for 18 months, unable to return to his homeland in Venezuela.

“I used that time away from my family as motivation to get better as a baseball player,” Tovar Tell Rockies writer Jack Etkin.

“Maturity is something we always look forward to,” Assistant Director of Player Development, Chris Forbes, said:. “You can’t speed it up at all. This is something he had to tighten his belt and be very mature. It was a circumstance beyond his control. And personally, I think he made the best of it.”

Tovar spent his time in Arizona doing strength and conditioning exercises to add strength to his racquet while also working on controlling the bats, as well as filling his frame with more. He’s been out until Fall 2020 and he’s looking and playing even stronger. He took his skills at the growing bat to Low-A Fresno Grizzlies, where he kicked off the 2021 season.

Over 72 games in Fresno Tovar became the captain in most offensive categories, even after being promoted to the top level. At the end of the season, Tovar still had the second best batting average for the Grizzlies and OPS. He was in the team’s top five in runs, hits, doubles, triples, steals and RsBI. His 11 home shots ranked second in the team and his slowdown was the highest mark.

Tovar was promoted to the High-A Spokane Indians in August of 2021, as he struggled to adjust to the higher level of play on the board. Over 32 games, his slashing streak – especially his base percentage – had seen a marked decline and he would shoot often. However, he hit four runs. Tovar joined the Arizona Fall League with the Salt River Rafters where he impressed his defense but continued to struggle on the plate. He only hit 0.161 with 20 strikes over 96 board appearances, but hit three more home runs.

The key to Tovar’s racket was to adapt to the higher level of play with the goal of being a top player in the league.

“Obviously the goal is to play in the big leagues,” Tovar told Etkin. “So playing in one of the big league stadiums and hitting home runs made me feel more comfortable and made me think I could do it.”

Rocky called Tovar for the league’s major spring training for 2022, where he caused his jaw to drop. In ten games and 20 on the racket, Tovar has crushed an astonishing 0.550/.550/1.100 against big-caliber pitchers in the league. He drove seven RsBI cars, hit three home runs, and hit only once. His spring OPS was an outrageous 1,650, leading all of his spring hitters by more than five at bat. The Rockies were also losing a short pause with Trevor Storey gone… Is it really time for Tovar?

However, the Rocky decided not to rush things. Tovar is set to be in the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats to start the season with an expectation to be either on Triple-A or on the MLB roster by the end of the season. At just twenty years old he was the youngest player on the team and in the Eastern League, and he’d lost his mind. Slash, 318 / .386 / .546 In 66 games, Tovar still leads the team in the OPS despite not playing there since June.

Tovar was selected for the All-Star Futures Game, but a nagging thigh injury prevented him from reappearing and kept him out of action until just last week. On September 15, Tovar made his debut with the Triple-A Albuquerque analogue after a lengthy rehabilitation. In five matches with the counterparts, Tovar has cut .333/.391/.476 while hitting only twice on 21 rackets. The Rocky has seen enough. Tovar was healthy and with Jose Iglesias starting off another losing season and so many rookies getting playing time, it was now the perfect opportunity for the best possible player to get major reps in the league.

After an honestly long and difficult period watching the Rockies baseball season, and a minor league career of ups and downs for Ezequiel Tovar, there is now one more thing that Rockies fans are excited about. After a long wait, it’s time to get away.

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Colorado Rockies injury updates: Chris Bryant, Jose Iglesias | Rocks Pyle

Noah Yingling at Rocks Bale has the latest news of injured Rockies players Chris Bryant and Jose Iglesias. Bryant has been doing rehearsals and practicing batting, but there is no timeline for his return. He’s been out since July with plantar fasciitis. Iglesias has been in IL with a sore hand and has resumed field activities. Skipper Bud Black expects to play again before the end of the season but hasn’t had an expected time frame.

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On the farm

Triple-A: Sugar Land Space Cowboys 4, Albuquerque 3 . Analogs

The Albuquerque Isotopes are the last Rocky side to still play baseball this season. Bowler Zach Neal got off to a solid start to the peers yesterday, going five rounds while giving up two of his earned kicks in five hits and walks. Hit four hits. Neal allowed a home run twice in the third inning. Matt Dennis was tied down for a loss after giving up two kicks earned on three hits — including running on his home run — during the two relief runs. Will Gaddis played the eighth game without goals. On offense, Brenton Doyle continues to hit the ball well after being promoted from Double-A. He had a 2 for 4 day on the plate and hit home solo in the second half. DJ Peterson also hit a home solo run on that tour. Ezequiel Tovar went 2-on-4 in his last game before being promoted to MLB, while Jimmy Herron went 2-on-4 to continue strong in September. Heron has racked up .357/.429/.690 by three home runs in 14 games this month.

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