In Toronto, the ceiling was only so high for Rowdy Tellez before he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.
And on Friday night, the Blue Jays will get to see their old friend for the first time since the July 2021 trade.
Drafted in the 30th round of the 2013 draft, Tellez broke onto the scene with the big club in 2018. He jumped into 23 games and in 70 at-bats by the end of the year, he slashed an impressive .314/.326/.614 hitting four home runs and 14 RBI.
Come 2019, things cooled for Rowdy. His slash line fell to .227/.293/.449 over a much larger sample size of 111 games and 370 at-bats, and his walk-to-strikeout rate rose to 29-116.
But in a COVID-shortened 2020 season, it seemed like he figured things out at the plate. He cut down on swings outside the zone slashing .283/.346/.540, hitting eight homers, and had a strong 11-to-20 walk-to-strikeout rate. But as 2021 rolled around, Rowdy started to cool off. His numbers dipped significantly. He posted a .283/.346/.540 line, clubbed eight dingers, and had a solid 11-to-20 walk-to-strikeout rate.
The biggest issue? The first baseman had a man named Vladimir Guererro Jr. breathing down his neck. On July 6, 2021, the Jays moved Tellez to the NL’s Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for re …
Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation