Ezequiel Jesus Tovar was born on August 1, 2001, he is a Venezuelan professional baseball shortstop in the Colorado Rockies organization. Tovar signed with the Colorado Rockies as an international free agent in August 2017.
Tovar made his professional debut with the Dominican Summer League Rockies, batting .262 with 11 RBIs over 35 games. In 2019, he split time between the Grand Junction Rockies and the Boise Hawks with whom he slashed .253/.318/.322 with two home runs, 16 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases over 73 games.
He did not play a game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season. Tovar spent the 2021 season with the Fresno Grizzlies and Spokane Indians, slashing .287/.322/.475 with 15 home runs, 72 RBIs, thirty doubles, and 24 stolen bases. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League. He was selected to the 40-man roster following the season on November 19, 2021.
The Colorado Rockies system teetered around .500 last week but did not drop a series at any of the four levels. The Albuquerque Isotopes split a home series against Round Rock (TEX), as did the Spokane Indians against Everett (SEA).
The Fresno Grizzlies hosted Stockton (OAK) and took four games against the Ports. The Hartford Yard Goats also won four-of-six games in their series, getting the best of Richmond (SF) on the road.
No Yard Goat was bigger than Ezequiel Tovar (No. 6 PuRP), who once again stood out amongst his peers. Tovar went deep twice, stole four bases, collected 19 total bases, and posted a ridiculous 1.325 OPS in the series.
Since his tough week against Portland May 10-15 that caused a 115-point slide in his OPS, Tovar has put together an 11-game hitting streak. He has .413 average in that span, with eight extra-base hits and five stolen bases to boot. He now sits second in the Eastern League in SLG (.601) and OPS (1.012), third in AVG (.327), and fourth in HR (10).