Rowdy Tellez Heading to Arizona Fall League

By Ryan Mueller
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The Toronto Blue Jays will send six minor league players down to the Arizona Fall League. The list heading to the Salt River Rafters will be headlined by power hitting 1st baseman 8th ranked Rowdy Tellez, speedster and rapid riser 23rd ranked OF Roemon Fields, 18th ranked 1st baseman Matthew Dean, side arm and lefty Chad Girodo, Brady Dragmire, and Justin Shafer.

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The Salt River Rafters will also receiver prospects from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, and Washington Nationals.

Roemon Fields had a great year, jumping up from Dunedin to New Hampshire, and finally to Buffalo. Fields improved his walk and strike out rates, maintained his speed on the bases, and kept a decent BABIP at each level he’s visited. Sending him down to Arizona will allow Fields a chance to get more at-bats. Fields is finishing his 2nd professional season at 24 years-old and is a bit behind in his development, due to not being drafted and only signing in 2013. More reps will benefit him in his development.

Rowdy Tellez, recently returned from a broken Hamate in his hand/wrist, showed the ability to hit for average and power. Sending him to Arizona will allow the Jays to see how the wrist is doing, also it will give them the opportunity to see if he can produce when facing the MiLB’s Top Prospects.

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Matthew Dean, oh Matthew. Dean is 22 year-old corner infielder who has projectable skills. He shows tremendous power in the batting cage, but has yet to carry that power over to the game. He strikes out way too much and doesn’t walk enough. Sending Dean down to Zona will be a test, one that could help Jays management in deciding his future with the organization.

22-year-old Justin Shafer pitched well for Lansing, but got lite up in 12 games with Dunedin. It is possible that the increase in Shafer’s fastball has peaked the Jays interest and they want to see him get more reps, but I think it has more to do with stretching him out to be a starter in 2016. With all the pitcher traded at the Deadline, Toronto is in desperate need for starting pitchers, or at the very least, guys that can spot start.

Another 22 year-old, Brady Dragmire is a guy that I haven’t seen a lot or paid much attention to. Sorry Brady. He’s a RH reliever, one that didn’t have a great year with the Advance-A Dunedin Blue Jays.

LHP Chad Girodo is a guy that I’ve liked for a while. He throws from a sidearm slot, with his FB touching the high 80’s and a sweeping slider that comes in the mid to high 70’s. I predicted that we might see Chad with the Jays in 2015; although wrong, he recently moved one step closer with a promotion to Buffalo. This assignment will allow the Jays to get a good look at him against better, more complete lineups than the ones he has faced in Dunedin or New Hampshire.

Good luck to all six players selected. Jays Journal will have regular updates on all our minor league players and their progress in the Fall League, Winter League and Australian Baseball League, so check in often.

Top Prospects that each team will be sending to Arizona:

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    Rockies: 12th C Tom Murphy, 22nd ranked OF/1B Jordan Patterson, and 23rd LHP Sam Moll.

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