Wilfredo José Tovar (toe-VAR)...Twitter: @WTovar70...2020 is second stint with Twins, previously in 2016...has played for four different organizations: New York-NL (2008-15), Minnesota (2016), St. Louis (2017-18) and Los Angeles-AL (2019).
Was an invite to Los Angeles-AL spring training, his eighth career spring training...began season with Triple-A Salt Lake...Ranked second on Bees in batting average (.321)...hit .302 (39-for-129) vs. left-handed pitching at Salt Lake and .292 (82-for-281) vs. right-handed pitching...Had two stints with the Angels during season: June 7-29 and August 4-26...Hit first career major league double June 9 vs. Seattle off Wade LeBlanc...Set career-highs at the major league level in games (31), hits (16), doubles (5), RBI (5), runs (5) and walks (5)...Became free agent September 30 and signed a minor league contract with Minnesota December 17...Played for Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .292 (38-for-130) with eight doubles, one triple, two home runs, 20 RBI and 14 runs scored in 32 games.
Joined Cardinals as minor league free agent in 2017 and has spent last two seasons with Memphis...Last season with Redbirds, established professional bests in average (.297) and RBI (47).
Led the Redbirds with 19 stolen bases, ranking T11th in the Pacific Coast League. Had two stolen bases in one game at Iowa (8/27)... Batted .345 (29-84) with 2 HR and 14 RBI in August and September, ranking 19th among all Triple-A players during that period... Hit a grand slam vs. Nashville (8/17) off Kyle Finnegan... Posted a 15-game home hitting streak (4/30-6/13), batting .345 (20-58) during the stretch. It was the longest hitting streak at Autozone Park by a Redbirds player in 2017... Played in 10 Pacific Coast League playoff games batting .263 (10-38) with a home run, two doubles and six RBI... Homered in Game 5 of the Pacific Coast League semi-finals at Colorado Springs (9/10), a two-run shot in the 7th inning, as the Redbirds advanced to the championship round... Made 67 starts at SS, 26 at 2B and 9 at 3B. Was perfect in 101 total chances while playing second base... Played in 1,000th minor league game in 2017.
Recalled after the game on September 23 from Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and appeared in two games with the Mets...Spent the rest of the season with Binghamton...Made his season debut on September 27 as a defensive replacement...Placed on the minor league disabled list on May 30 with a sprained left thumb...Made rehabilitation appearances with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and the GCL Mets (R) of the Gulf Coast League...Returned to action with the B-Mets on July 27...Hit .288 (80-278) with two home runs in 85 minor league games across the three levels...Played second base and shortstop for the B-Mets...Hit .314 (37-118) with both of his home runs while runners were on base for the B-Mets.
Spent the majority of the season with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League before a September call-up to New York...The Mets recalled him on September 20. Collected two hits, the game-tying RBI and a stolen base in his MLB debut, September 22 at Philadelphia...Became one of four Mets to have two or more hits, one or more RBI and one or more stolen bases in his major league debut, joining Rod Gaspar, Lenny Dykstra, and Preston Wilson. Made five starts at shortstop for the Mets. Appeared at both second base and shortstop for the B-Mets...Hit .263 (116-441) with four home runs and 36 RBI in 133 games at Double-A...Made only 11 errors. Compiled a .318 (28-88) average in 27 July games. Hit .299 (49-164) after the All-Star break.
Divided the year between St. Lucie of the Florida State League (A) and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League...Joined Binghamton on June 21...Selected to the Florida State League's mid-season All-Star Game June 16 at Charlotte...Went 0-2 for the South, which
lost, 6-3, to the North...Hit .306 (22-72) in 22 April games...While with St. Lucie (A), compiled a .311 (23-74) batting mark vs. lefthanded pitching...With runners in scoring position,
he batted. .333 (23-69)...Batted .337 (31-92) in 30 home games and .317 (13-41) in 13 day contests...Hit .310 (31-100) with runners on base...Was also 4-9 (.444) with the bases loaded...For the season in the Florida State League, he had 14 games with two hits and two games with three hits...Stole two bases in the second game of a May 16 doubleheader vs. Bradenton...At Binghamton, he hit .362 (21-58) with runners in scoring position...In the Eastern League, he had two four-hit games: June 25 at Erie and August 26 at Portland.
Played in a career-most 131 games while with Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League.
Made his professional debut with the VSL Mets (R) of the Venezuelan Summer League.