Ezequiel Tovar

Ezequiel Tovar

22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Colorado Rockies
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There are players who are better real baseball players than fantasy ones while there are others who are more meaningful in fantasy than real baseball. Tovar falls into the latter as he finished the season as the 15th best shortstop with 15 homers, 70+ runs and RBIs and 11 steals. His .253 batting average was slightly above the league average, but his 70 wRC+ shows what his real baseball offensive value was. Tovar did what most Rockies do: rake at home (.276) and struggle on the road (.229) but did nearly evenly split his homers. His handedness splits were nearly dead even in his rookie season, but it doesn't matter as his excellent defense keeps him in the lineup every day. Truth be told, this was an excellent rookie season for a 21 year old with just 23 plate appearances above Double-A before making his big league debut. He must improve his suspect plate discipline to keep the sophomore slump concerns at bay. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#194
ADP
$Signed a seven-year, $61 million contract extension with the Rockies in March of 2024. Contract includes $23 million team option ($2.5 million buyout) for 2031.
Three hits in Game 1
SSColorado Rockies
April 21, 2024
Tovar went 3-for-5 with an RBI in Colorado's 2-1 extra-inning win over the Mariners in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader.
ANALYSIS
Tovar notched the Rockies' first hit of the game in the bottom of the first inning before later adding two more base knocks, including an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th frame, knotting the game up at 1-1. The 22-year-old has now notched two three-hit performances over the last three contests, while Sunday's matinee was his eighth multi-hit outcome on the year. Tovar is batting .321 with three homers, 11 RBI, nine runs scored and two stolen bases over 81 at-bats in 21 games this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
3
9
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+57%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+216%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .776 213 24 9 24 5 .265 .296 .480
Since 2022vs Right .678 534 67 10 62 8 .255 .294 .384
2024vs Left 1.127 25 5 2 5 0 .364 .400 .727
2024vs Right .717 72 5 1 6 2 .288 .338 .379
2023vs Left .708 177 17 6 18 5 .246 .277 .431
2023vs Right .690 438 62 9 55 6 .256 .291 .399
2022vs Left 1.091 11 2 1 1 0 .364 .364 .727
2022vs Right .345 24 0 0 1 0 .136 .208 .136
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+37%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .781 371 54 8 47 4 .291 .332 .450
Since 2022Away .633 376 37 11 39 9 .225 .258 .375
2024Home 1.004 43 6 1 4 1 .400 .429 .575
2024Away .671 54 4 2 7 1 .229 .296 .375
2023Home .753 316 47 7 43 3 .276 .315 .438
2023Away .634 299 32 8 30 8 .229 .258 .377
2022Home .717 12 1 0 0 0 .300 .417 .300
2022Away .522 23 1 1 2 0 .174 .174 .348
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Stat Review
How does Ezequiel Tovar compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.17
 
BB Rate
5.2%
 
K Rate
29.9%
 
BABIP
.421
 
ISO
.159
 
AVG
.307
 
OBP
.354
 
SLG
.466
 
OPS
.820
 
wOBA
.359
 
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.7%
 
Barrels/PA
5.2%
 
Expected BA
.224
 
Expected SLG
.370
 
Sprint Speed
24.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
28.3%
 
Line Drive %
25.0%
 
Fly Ball %
46.7%
 
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Big-league debut on tap
SSColorado Rockies
September 23, 2022
Tovar is set to make his big-league debut Friday, per Kyle Newman of The Denver Post.
ANALYSIS
A top shortstop prospect for the Rockies, Tovar has slashed .319/.387/.540 with 14 home runs and 17 stolen bases across his 2022 minor-league campaigns. The 21-year-old is a name to monitor in Colorado.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
Tovar has only played nine games in the majors and five games at Triple-A, but the Rockies have been invested in him as their shortstop of the future since they bought him a house in 2020 when he couldn't return home to Venezuela during the pandemic. He had impressed at times in the minors prior to last season, most notably logging a 119 wRC+ as a 19-year-old at Single-A in 2021, but 2022 was certainly his breakout campaign. Tovar hit .318/.386/.545 with 13 home runs, 17 steals on 20 attempts and a 64:25 K:BB in 66 games as one of the youngest players at Double-A. Hip and groin injuries sidelined Tovar from late-June until mid-September, when he returned and went directly to Triple-A for a week before spending the final two weeks of the year with the big club. An over-aggressive approach has been the one offensive knock on Tovar, but so far he has mostly made it work. There's a chance he goes through a significant adjustment period against MLB pitching as a 21-year-old, but it seems pretty clear the Rockies will give him every opportunity in spring training to break camp as the starting shortstop. Tovar isn't a burner (57th percentile sprint speed) and doesn't hit the ball very hard (22.5 Hard% in the minors, 106 mph max EV in the majors), but he has been productive in games while being extremely young for most of his minor-league levels.
The Rockies have pushed Tovar aggressively at every turn, culminating with his big-league debut in September. He is the team's shortstop of the present and future after a breakout campaign in which he hit .316/.387/.540 with 14 home runs and 17 steals in 71 games between Double-A and Triple-A. Tovar turned 21 in August, so while there may be growing pains initially in the majors, he could still be improving as a hitter.
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Breaks out of slump
SSColorado Rockies
April 17, 2024
Tovar went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and a run scored during Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.
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Homer, stolen base in win
SSColorado Rockies
April 12, 2024
Tovar went 2-for-5 with a home run, a stolen base, two total runs scored and two total RBI in Friday's 12-4 victory over Toronto.
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Gets leadoff look against lefty
SSColorado Rockies
April 11, 2024
Tovar went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
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Reaches thrice, steals base in loss
SSColorado Rockies
April 6, 2024
Tovar went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs and a stolen base in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.
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Enjoys first home game
SSColorado Rockies
April 5, 2024
Tovar went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Friday against the Rays.
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