Tellez improved his training regimen and altered his hitting mechanics over the winter in an effort to secure a spot on the Blue Jays' 26-man roster this spring, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
While his listed weight didn't change much, Tellez estimates that he lost 15 pounds of fat and added back 14 pounds of muscle as a result of a more focused workout routine. "It was way more condensed into a few things that I wanted to work on to better myself," Tellez said Saturday. "One of those was to build strength within my core and hips. I got stronger in there, which forced me to lean out." The 24-year-old also shortened his swing to try to make more contact and allow his natural strength to produce his power rather than try to launch a homer every at-bat. Whether Tellez heads north with a backup 1B/DH role will depend as much on how the team plans to cover the rest of the diamond defensively as it does on his own performance this spring, but even if he begins the year back at Triple-A Buffalo, he could still end up playing a big part in the 2020 campaign -- especially if Travis Shaw hasn't solved his issues at the plate from last year.
Tellez went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs and two runs in a 3-2 victory against the Orioles on Wednesday.
With his pair of long balls, Tellez has reached the 20-homer plateau during his rookie season. Tellez spent time in the minors during July and August, but during those those two months, he also hit just one home run in 18 games. In September, Tellez has six homers, which is his most for any month this year. He is batting .226 with 21 home runs, 53 RBI, 48 runs and one steal in 358 at-bats this season.
Tellez is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.
Nothing to see here; just your standard absence against a lefty (James Paxton) for Tellez. He continues to start against most righties, though Tellez has fallen in the order in recent days, all the way down to the eight hole Thursday. He's batting .227/.314/.545 this month.
Tellez will sit for Tuesday's game in Baltimore.
Tellez has hit .211 with a 41.5 percent strikeout rate in the month of September, though he does at least have four homers. Justin Smoak starts at first base Tuesday, with Lourdes Gurriel serving as the designated hitter.
Tellez is not in Saturday's lineup against the Yankees, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
He was pulled from Friday's game for not hustling, but Matheson reports that Tellez's absence from Saturday's lineup is due to the fact that lefty James Paxton is on the hill for New York. Justin Smoak is starting at first base and batting sixth.
Tellez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday in the Blue Jays' 7-2 loss to the Braves.
Tellez left the yard in both of the Blue Jays' games in Atlanta, bringing his home run count to 17 for the season. That power production has made Tellez useful in AL-only formats, but his poor batting average (.221) and underwhelming counting stats (45 RBI, 37 runs) limit his utility in most mixed leagues.
Tellez is not in the lineup Monday against Atlanta.
The Blue Jays can't use a designated hitter with the series being played in a National League park, leaving Tellez and Justin Smoak to fight for just one spot in the lineup. Smoak gets the call at first base on this occasion.
Tellez is not starting Friday against the Astros.
Tellez owns a poor .182/.289/.303 slash line since returning from the minors in mid-August. Brandon Drury starts at first base in his absence.
Tellez isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners.
Tellez smacked his 15th home run of the season Thursday, but he'll take a seat for Friday night's clash. Justin Smoak is starting at first base and batting fifth with Tellez on the bench.
Tellez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday in the Blue Jays' 2-1 loss to the Dodgers in 10 innings.
Tellez sent the game to extra innings after teeing off on closer Kenley Jansen for a one-out, 401-foot blast in the top of the ninth. While the clutch home run was nice, Tellez hasn't done much else since returning from Triple-A Buffalo last week to generate fantasy intrigue outside of AL-only and deeper mixed leagues.
Tellez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners.
Tellez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday and is expected to receive more playing time than first-base counterpart Justin Smoak, but Tellez is on the bench Friday with lefty Wade LeBlanc set to work as Seattle's primary pitcher. Tellez has a .228/.283/.434 slash line with 13 doubles, 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 79 major-league games this season.
Tellez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo ahead of Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
Tellez has struggled to hit for average in the majors this season (.227), though he's shown plenty of power, launching 14 homers while registering 40 RBI over 78 contests. According to manager Charlie Montoyo, Tellez is expected to receive more playing time than Justin Smoak moving forward.
The Blue Jays optioned Tellez to Triple-A Buffalo following Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Tellez struck out as a pinch hitter in his lone at-bat of the game. With Tellez on the bench for the third time in five games and having seen his playing time drop steadily for the past couple of weeks, manager Charlie Montoyo indicated that a move to Buffalo will allow the first baseman/designated hitter to receive regular at-bats and refine his plate approach. Tellez will likely be back up with the Blue Jays when rosters expand in September, if not sooner.
Tellez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
He'll sit for the third time in five games and looks to have slipped into a part-time role now that Justin Smoak and Randal Grichuk are healthy again after recent bouts with injuries. Since the beginning of June, Tellez has slashed just .216/.260/.423 with five home runs in 28 games.
Tellez will serve as the Blue Jays' designated hitter and will bat eighth Sunday against the Orioles.
Tellez's opportunities looked set to trend downward after Justin Smoak (quadriceps) was activated from the 10-day injured list June 28, but the 24-year-old has been able to stick in the lineup at least semi-regularly. He'll pick up a start for the fourth time in five games as the Blue Jays wrap up their first-half schedule.
Tellez is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.
That's now two straight absences for Tellez following Justin Smoak's return from the injured list -- one against a lefty (Danny Duffy) and now this one against a righty (Homer Bailey). Tellez has 14 homers this season but has graded out as below average by wRC+ (88) and in fact has a negative fWAR through 255 plate appearances. He could find himself back in the minors before long.
Tellez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Royals, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Tellez struck out five times over his last two games, so manager Charlie Montoyo decided to hold him out for just the second time in 12 games. Tellez played first base regularly the last couple weeks while Justin Smoak was on the injured list, but Smoak was activated Friday, and the two players figure to split the action at first base and in the designated hitter spot like they did earlier in the season.
Tellez is not in the starting lineup Friday versus the Red Sox.
Tellez started the last nine games but will take a seat Friday with southpaw Chris Sale on the mound for Boston. Billy McKinney will start at first base while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. serves as the designated hitter.
Tellez went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI Wednesday against the Angels.
Tellez hit his 12th and 13th homers of the season, with the highlight coming on a three-run shot off Andrew Heaney in the second frame. He's gotten regular starts for the team despite a .220/.266/.444 line through 229 plate appearances, and his playing time should remain safe with Justin Smoak (quadriceps) on the injured list. Tellez has swung the bat a bit better of late, homering three times in his past eight games.
Tellez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's rout of the Astros.
His first-inning shot off Brad Peacock set the tone in a 12-0 win, and was one of five homers the Jays launched on the day. Tellez continues to have trouble making consistent contact -- he's hitting only .135 (5-for-37) so far in June with a 0:8 BB:K -- but the rookie is up to 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 59 games on the year.
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|2015||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||35||131||17||36||5||0||7||28||14||28||3||0||.275||.338||.473|