What’s it going to take for the Blue Jays to send 1st baseman prospect, Rowdy Tellez, to New Hampshire to get right?
I’m sitting by the pool scrolling through the minor league system, it’s like my morning coffee, and all I can think about is ‘what the heck are the Blue Jays doing with Rowdy Tellez‘.
The 22-yr-old burly 1st baseman has struggled to adjust to Triple-A from day two. You see on Day 1 Rowdy Tellez went 2-for-4 with 2 solo jacks. Since game 1 Rowdy Tellez has managed to hit just 4 HR in the following 72 games.
It’s not just the lack of HR’s. Rowdy hasn’t been able to muster much of anything in Buffalo. Aside from the fans calling for Tellez to be the Blue Jays everyday 1st baseman out of Spring Training, we expected a slight regression from his Double-A stats but not this much of a regression.
Tellez has managed to maintain a 17.9K% while seeing his BB% drop to 8.8.%. Throw in the fact that Tellez is only batting .202 and you start to wonder what’s up. How does a prospect with a plus .350 OBP post an ugly .270?
Watching Tellez in April and May I would say he was close to turning things around. In April Tellez looked over matched, he struck out 20 times in 21 games and batted just .194. In May he looked as though he was getting more comfortable.
The month of May saw Tellez look more comfortable at the plate. Despite only hitting one HR in May, he hit 7 doubles and a triple after collecting just one extra base hit in April. His batting average increased to .250 and his OBP went from .298 to .320.
Unfortunately, Tellez wasn’t able to ride the momentum gained from a decent May into June. In 23 games he hit just .169 and saw his batting average fall from .222 all the way down to .193 on June 17th. He finished the month with a .207 BA thanks to brief hot streak between June 22nd and June 28th that saw him hit .391 with 2 doubles, 2H, 4RBI and a 1.139 OPS.
We can talk about learning from adversity and maintaining a consistent approach at the plate all we want, but at a certain point, the lack of results and the negative effect on a players development need to be considered.
I get it, the Blue Jays system is not flush with Triple-A ready 1st basemen. Ryan McBroom, currently with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, isn’t ready for Triple-A. Mike Ohlman, a catcher, has some time at 1st and would be the most likely to assume Rowdy’s at-bats if he returns to New Hampshire. Better yet, go out and sign a minor league veteran 1st baseman. There has got to be a Dan Johnson or Matt Hague kicking around somewhere, right?
While some may view a demotion as a step backward for the Blue Jays power hitting prospect. It’s not. There is no reason to rush his development. With Kendrys Morales and 2017 All-Star Justin Smoak signed through 2019, Rowdy Tellez doesn’t have a place with the Blue Jays. He will need to force the Blue Jays front office to make a trade, wait for an injury, or will have to continue his development in the minors for the next 2 plus seasons……and that’s OK.
I’m not saying the Blue Jays are affecting the development of Tellez one way or the other, but I am saying that half of baseball is 90% mental.
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