Future Watch: Rowdy Tellez Rookie Baseball Cards, Blue Jays

Future Watch: Rowdy Tellez Rookie Baseball Cards, Blue JaysFuture Watch: Rowdy Tellez Rookie Baseball Cards, Blue JaysRowdy Tellez was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 30th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. The first baseman/designated hitter has had a long path to the major leagues and he’s making the most of it.

He went to Elk Grove High School in Sacramento, California. He achieved High School All-American status there.

Tellez started out in Rookie Ball but he didn’t catch fire until 2016 when he was played for the New Hampshire Fisher Cat in Double-A. He hit 29 doubles, 23 home runs and drove in 81. He hit .297 and walked 63 times while striking out less than 100 times. A great year.

He bounced between Buffalo, the Jays Triple-A affiliate and the majors, in a short stint, from 2017 until the present. Now 6-4, 250 pounds it all seemed to click this year.

In his first 267 at-bats this season, he hit 13 doubles, 14 home runs while knocking in 40. His strikeouts are up but he’s holding his own as a power hitter. Now 6-4, 255 pounds he can be a force of nature.

Collectors can find his rookie card in 2019 Topps Chrome, Finest, Allen & Ginter, Tribute and many more. He also has rookie cards in 2019 Panini Baseball products including Immaculate, Leather & Lumber and Prizm.

Here’s a look at him hitting a grand slam:

According to his MLB.com Draft Profile:

A physically strong left-handed hitter, Tellez possesses the requisite bat speed to turn on premium velocity as well as the barrel control to drive the ball out of the park the other way. He became trapped between the two approaches often in 2017, and the result was less impactful contact as well a drop-off in his power, as Tellez’s six home runs marked his lowest output at any full-season level. Said approach continued to net him a healthy number of walks, though, and Tellez’s manageable strikeout rate suggests he’ll resume hitting for both average and power. He’ll need to show more utility against same-sided pitching (.148/.235/.213 in ’17) to be a regular.

Tellez is getting his big shot this season and so far he’s taken full advantage of it. Keep an eye on this guy for sure.

Follow him on Twitter @RowdyTellez.

Future Watch: Rowdy Tellez Rookie Baseball Cards, Blue Jays – Stats

Standard Batting
2018 23 TOR AL 23 73 70 10 22 9 0 4 14 0 0 2 21 .314 .329 .614 .943 153 43 0 0 0 1 0 3/D
2019 24 TOR AL 79 290 267 34 61 13 0 14 40 1 1 17 83 .228 .283 .434 .717 88 116 8 4 0 2 3 D3
2 Yrs 102 363 337 44 83 22 0 18 54 1 1 19 104 .246 .292 .472 .764 101 159 8 4 0 3 3
162 Game Avg. 162 577 535 70 132 35 0 29 86 2 2 30 165 .246 .292 .472 .764 101 253 13 6 0 5 5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/15/2019.

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