Ezequiel Tovar, next in a series of short Rockies stops behind Trevor Story and Troy Tulowitzki, introduced globes Thursday under gray skies for the first time at Coors Field. But all he could see was the third deck.
“Wonderful, that feels great,” Tovar said of his new home.
The Rockies on Thursday called up Triple A’s Tovar for their last 12 games of the season. He’s supposed to dip his toes into the waters of the major tournaments, with an eye on becoming the key short player next season. The club were so eager to see Tovar this month that they moved him to Denver after just five games with the Albuquerque Isotopes.
“The idea all along was to try to wake him up this month, so he knew what it was like here next year,” said Bill Schmidt, general manager of the Rockies. “How do you get on the field? How do you get on the plane? The little things that become a major player in the league for the first time. Knowing he’s going to be here next year, and we ticked those boxes.”
If he plays on Friday against Padres as expected, Tovar, 21, will become the youngest Rocky player to make his debut in a major tournament, beating Roberto Mejia by 39 days and Tolovitsky by 271 days. Mejia was the original Rockies shortstop in 1993. Tulowitzki set the bar as one of the club’s top players.
Tovar, so far, only holds high expectations. Rank