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What is Wilfredo Tovar that Ruben Tejada is not?

Player A: .261/.325/.321

Player B: .265/.324/.341

Player A is Ruben Tejada's career numbers. Player B is Wilfredo Tovar's most recent (and most projectable) season at AA. Do you notice much difference? I don't. That's because we basically cloned Ruben Tejada into a slightly more base-running savvy shortstop and called him Wilfredo Tovar.

I've been told Tovar is pretty good in the field and possesses an average arm with good range. I've already said that he's a light-hitter, destined for a slugging percentage that perpetually is in competition with his on-base percentage for the higher number. Tovar has been more of a stolen base threat in his minor league career, racking up an acceptable 10-20 steals in several minor league seasons. But you can't steal 1st base and Tovar has not hit .281 since he played in "Javelinas" Rookie Ball. I project (roughly and not that I'm any professional) that he'll hit .230/.290/.300.

Do we need another one of those on our roster? Even our 40-man roster? I guess if we want to maximize our control of one slightly above replacement level shortstop, we can get rid of Tejada and keep Tovar. Basically, though, they're the same person and neither represents a truly viable option at shortstop if we end up carrying Ike as our 1st basemen (which I want) or picking up less than two outfielders (which is a plausible option as a result of the market).

I would honestly like to know why some people are so high on him as a different option than Ruben Tejada because as you've read above, I don't see it. Is he doing that thing where small Hispanic prospect grows to 6'3" and becomes Wilmer Flores? Or is he going to move to the outfield where he discovers he plays Gold Glove defense to go with his singles-hitter mentality? Whatever it is, I don't know about it.

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