Tomas Telis has now delivered three straight minor league seasons batting at least .291, so he's established a pattern of consistency in the minors. He'll hope for an opportunity to apply that at the MLB level next season, where he's hit .227 in 125 career plate appearances. In 2016, he slashed .310/.362/.429 in 368 plate appearances spread across 91 games with Triple-A New Orleans. He was then called up to the Marlins, where he hit .308 in very limited action. He has always made contact consistently, with his contact rate never dipping below 85 percent since 2009, sitting at 88 percent during his 2016 Triple-A season. Unfortunately for Telis, the Marlins' young starting catcher, J.T. Realmuto, had a breakout season in 2016, so playing time may be tough to come by. That being said, a backup catcher's job could be in the cards for Telis, who turns 26 in June.
Telis could break camp on the Marlins 25-man roster if A.J. Ellis (hamstring) isn't healthy by Opening Day, the Sun-Sentinel reports. He's had a solid spring at the plate, slashing .308/.379/.423 through 26 at-bats, and Telis' efforts at improving his defense have not gone unnoticed. "Been with him for a couple years now. [It's] good to see him grow as a catcher defensively," Marlins starting catcher J.T. Realmuto said Monday. "Sometimes he gets a little anxious back there and he just has to settle down and let the ball come to him. Sometimes you see him get a little antsy and he'll try and catch the ball out in front instead of letting the ball travel to him. For him, he's been working on that a lot and in the past two weeks, he's gotten way better." If Ellis stays off the DL, Telis would almost certainly head back to Triple-A New Orleans, but if the 25-year-old continues to impress, Marlins manager Don Mattingly wouldn't rule out carrying three catchers on the roster.
Telis will compete for a spot on the Marlins' bench during spring training. J.T. Realmuto and A.J. Ellis have two catching spots on the 25-man roster locked up, but Telis could still break camp with a bench role if he has a big spring, particularly if Miami begins experimenting with Realmuto at first base. The 25-year-old Telis has little left to prove as a hitter in the minors, owning a career .311/.354/.425 line across three Triple-A seasons in the Marlins and Rangers systems, but even if he opens the year in the majors, he likely won't see enough playing time to have fantasy value outside of deep NL-only formats.
Telis was recalled to the majors Thursday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. Telis has spent the majority of the season with Triple-A New Orleans, where he's slashed an impressive .310/.362/.429 and will now join the major league squad after the rosters expanded. He'll serve as the team's third catcher, so his playing time could be limited to occasional pinch-hitting/defensive replacement opportunities.
Telis was promoted to the Marlins by way of Triple-A New Orleans on Friday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Telis was hitting .311/.363/.413 with three home runs and 27 RBI for New Orleans at the time of his promotion. The 25-year-old catcher has not made an appearance in a major league game this year and only got 38 at-bats last season between the Rangers and the Marlins, hitting .158 with two RBI. Telis figures to be the third catcher behind J.T. Realmuto and Jeff Mathis while he is with the Marlins.
The Marlins announced they have recalled catcher Tomas Telis from Triple-A New Orleans, per a team release. Telis has appeared in 11 games between the Rangers and Marlins this season, and has two hits in 19 at-bats.