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Ezequiel Tovar, Rockies’ top shortstop prospect, getting called up, source says

Ezequiel Tovar, a talented athlete whom the Rockies hope will become their next All-Star shortstop, will be called up from Triple-A Albuquerque, a source confirmed.

Tovar is expected to join the Rockies on Thursday and is expected to play in the afternoon game against the Giants.

Tovar, 21, who’s played in just five games at Triple-A, went 2-for-4 in the Isotopes’ game at Sugarland, Texas, on Wednesday.

Tovar began the season at Double-A Hartford but missed 2 1/2 months while on the injured list with a groin injury. He is already on the Rockies’ 40-man roster.

The slick-fielding Tovar slashed .318/.386/.546 with 13 home runs, 15 doubles and 47 RBIs in 66 games at Double-A.

Tovar made a huge splash during spring training, being named the Abby Greer Award winner as camp MVP when he hit .550 (11-for-20) with three homers and seven RBIs in 10 Cactus League games.

Tovar, from Maracay, Venezuela, made his professional debut at age 16 in the Dominican Summer League team.

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