Tellez was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Tellez received his first cup of coffee in the majors in September and hit well with a .314/.329/.614 slash line and four home runs in 73 plate appearances, though he did strike out 21 times. The 24-year-old always figured to begin the season at Buffalo, but he didn't make the decision an easy one with five home runs and a .908 OPS this spring.
Tellez went 1-for-2 with a home run off the bench in Sunday's Grapefruit League win over the Twins. His fourth long ball of the spring broke an 8-8 tie and proved to be the game-winner. Tellez impressed after earning his first callup last September, and he's now batting .295/.326/.591 through 16 spring games, but Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan says Tellez is still likely to start the year at Triple-A, barring injury. There are two paths to playing time for Tellez this season: first base and DH.
Tellez went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI in Sunday's game against Minnesota. Tellez launched a three-run homer in the first inning and belted a two-run home run in the sixth over the wall in left. Following Sunday's impressive display of power, he's 10-for-30 with three homers, eight RBI and five runs scored this spring.
Tellez went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer in a win over the Rays on Saturday. Tellez pulled an inside cutter from Tyler Glasnow into the right-field stands in the bottom of the fourth for his second big fly in his last three games. The 23-year-old posted a .270/.340/.425 slash line with 13 homers and seven stolen bases in 444 plate appearances for Triple-A Buffalo this season, regaining some prospect luster. Justin Smoak has been riding the bench more frequently lately as the rebuilding Jays evaluate Tellez ahead of 2019.
Tellez went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's 9-8 win over the Rays. Tellez got the scoring started with a two-run shot in the second inning before knocking an RBI double to start Toronto's incredible ninth-inning rally. Now with 40 career plate appearances, the rookie left-hander owns an 1.144 OPS with nine RBI.