Jays From the Couch brings you an interview with power hitting Toronto Blue Jays prospect, Rowdy Tellez, who talks about his progress & more!
After we brought you an interview with Toronto Blue Jays prospect, Conner Greene, we follow it up with our sit down with Rowdy Tellez. He talks to our Catherine Stem about his approach to hitting, coaching and much more! You can listen to the interview at the bottom of this page.
The addition of Rowdy Tellez to the Buffalo Bisons roster has some Blue Jays fans celebrating the talent coming up through the minor league system. Shaun Doyle wrote about his impressive season in New Hampshire with the AA Fisher Cats and The Toronto Blue Jays have certainly been keeping an eye on him. That has bred the hope that he could, sometime in the future, be a replacement of sorts for the power bat of Edwin Encarnacion, a point made by Ryan Mueller HERE.
Jays From the Couch had the chance to talk to Rowdy Tellez about where he’s going and how he’s getting there.
JFtC: Where do you think you’re starting this season coming up?
JFtC: We’ve been talking and it looks like it’s probably going to be in Buffalo, and then there’s some people that are talking about you being on the Blue Jays sometime this season – which would be kind of cool – we’re looking for your production up there.
JFtC: As you’re moving up through the ranks do you change your regimen in the offseason at any stretch or are you just kind of doing what you always do?
JFtC: Pitch recognition seems to be the word of the season because of how the bullpen was run in the post season. Do you work on that a lot more seeing as you might not see that same pitcher more than one inning or two?
JFtC: Your plate approach is praised by a lot of people. Now you work with hitting coaches do you change, do you take their advice or do you use kind of go “you know what? What I am doing is working”? We interviewed Ritchie Hebner last season and he said ‘at this stage I don’t really have to tell the guys what to do, they’ve been doing it for so long, the kind of know what they’re doing and it’s just about strengthening those’. Is that your approach?
JFtC: Have you ever had to deal with hitting coaches that had a completely different philosophy that you do?
JFtC: Do you ever have a worry that somebody’s going to tell you to add a certain leg kick and that’s going to throw your mojo off?
JFtC: So that relationship is really important…?
JFtC: You are starting in to that realm of being a little baseball kid’s hero, and they’re going to be growing up looking up to you and seeing what you do and how you’ve moved through the ranks so quickly. Who were your idols growing up?
And that’s just the best answer ever.
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE:
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