Toronto Blue Jays prospect, Rowdy Tellez continues his hot season at the plate, arguably becoming one of the systems top hitters.
If you had conducted a poll at the beginning of the season as to who folks thought the top hitting prospect in the Blue Jays system was, the answers would have probably yielded names like Dalton Pompey, Anthony Alford and, likely lagging behind, Rowdy Tellez.
Since then, Pompey is likely aging out of the “prospect” discussion, not chronologically speaking, but at 23, he seems to have stalled in his ascent. He’s had a decent season in Buffalo and currently suffering through recovery from a concussion. Alford has struggled somewhat in Dunedin this year, himself suffering through a concussion scare. Meanwhile, Tellez has stayed on the field and is hitting his way up the organizational ladder.
Thursday night, he had another 3 hits in a FisherCats loss, which brings his season total to 77 in 78 games. The 21 yr old, 6′ 4″, 220 lbs first baseman is sitting on 41 R, 17 2B, 12 HR, 47 RBI. He’s shown patience at the plate with 46 BB (14.5%) and just 59 K (18.6%). He’s slashing .288/.394/.494, has a .209 ISO and a wRC+ value of 145 and a wOBA of .394. This is the kind of offensive season that organizations just love to see. It’s the kind of production that comes from having a sweet swing such as the one that blasted his 10th HR of the season.
Tellez has been a highlight for the FisherCats this season with hitting streaks, major power and a wicked sense of humor. Check out this clip of he and teammate, Brady Dragmire. In it, Tellez jokes about how Dragmire used to play short stop and throw sliders across the diamond to Rowdy at first. When asked about how long he’d been playing firstbase, Tellez responded that he’d been since he was 4, 5, 6 because “I was fat”. He then proceeds to grab a fly out of mid air. It is awesome! When asked at what age he realized he could play professional baseball, his very quick response was “Three”.
His quick wit and humor show confidence that a 21 yr old will need as his bat takes him further in this organization. Right now, the bat is playing so well that he very well could see a promotion to AAA Buffalo in the coming weeks. Even those in Buffalo are excited about that.
— HERD Chronicles (@HERDchronicles) July 3, 2016
It would not surprise to see Tellez make his way up to the Bisons this season. At 21, though, the organization will not likely be in any hurry to rush him. For that reason, if he does see a promotion, you will know that it is because the organization believes in the strides he’s made at the plate and that he will carry the success with him to the next level. Given his success in AA, it may be time to promote him sooner, rather than later. One has to wonder how much more he has to prove.
Whether or not, Tellez can see a September call up to the big league club remains to be seen. It is not out of the realm of possibility for the young slugger. For now, though, he will continue to rake in New Hampshire. The Blue Jays organization, under new management, has not been as quick to promote players as has been the case in the past couple years. But, perhaps, if anyone is going to convince the brass that they deserve it, it is Rowdy Tellez.
*Featured Image Credit: Buck Davidson (cropped from original) UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0
THANK YOU FOR VISITING JAYS FROM THE COUCH! CHECK US OUT ON TWITTER @JAYSFROMCOUCH AND INSTAGRAM. LIKE US FACEBOOK. BE SURE TO CATCH THE JAYS NEST PODCAST!
Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.