Jays From the Couch continues our Toronto Blue Jays 2017 Top Prospects List with #3, 1B, Rowdy Tellez.
It’s that time of year again! We’re counting down our Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects for 2017. We’ve selected our Top 15 and will be profiling each one. You are bound to find many of these lists in your travels, which makes for great conversation. The basis for rankings varies even more than the number of lists you’ll find. Some prefer to look at how close to “big league ready” a prospect is, while others look at “stuff” or “tools”.
To construct our list, we have scoured over scouting reports, numbers and a lot more to finalize our 2017 Top Prospects list. Feel free to weigh in on each selection in the comment section! It’s part of the fun!
Check out the rest of our 2017 Top Prospects, including Honorable Mentions HERE
Name: Rowdy Tellez
Born: March 16, 1995
Drafted: 30th Round, 2013. Toronto Blue Jays
Weight: 220 lbs
After opening some eyes in the Arizona Fall League in 2015, Tellez, made the the jump the Double-A New Hampshire to start the 2016 season. During his 124 games with the Fisher Cats the power-hitting lefty had his best season as a professional slashing 297/387/430 to along with 52 extra base hits, including 23 HR and 81 RBI. This also included a 264/345/456 slash versus left-handed pitching over 125 at-bats.
While defense has not always been a strong calling card for Tellez, he has, according to reports, improved his overall profile at the position. He may never be a plus defender at the position, however, his .992 fielding percentage in 2016 (7 errors in 897 total chances) was the highest of his professional career. Admittedly, trying to calculate defensive metrics in the minor leagues is difficult but, any improvement in that aspect of his game is a bonus.
While speed will never be a major aspect of his career, the soon to 22-year-old, has been working hard to keep his burly frame as trim as possible. The introduction of the new player development system by the organization could prove to be a significant help in this aspect.
MLB Pipeline: 2017 ranking, #9. Previously ranked #8
Outlook for 2017:
The 2017 season could be a significant one for, Tellez. With reports having him starting the season in Triple-A, Buffalo he is one step closer to his ultimate goal. Continued progression could see him donning the Blue Jays’ uniform in the near future.
Though with the organization committed to Justin Smoak for two more years, along with the addition of Steve Pearce, and Kendrys Morales, the team is not in the market for a 1B/DH type. This would seemingly commit the young lefty to AAA for the season outside of a September call-up when rosters expand.
MLB Pipeline has a 2017 timeline for Tellez to make his MLB appearance which could be accurate. Though without a late season call-up this would be unlikely. It would not, however, be out of line to expect him to compete for the 1B job during Spring Training of 2018.
We were fortunate enough to score an interview with the charismatic slugger during during Toronto’s prospect showcase, in Buffalo. Please check below to give it a listen. He’s an entertaining young man.
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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.