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Two Blue Jays named to MLB Prospect Team of the Week

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Nov 7, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Rowdy Tellez during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Rowdy Tellez during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Two of the Toronto Blue Jays’ top prospects were the best at their position over the past seven days

First-baseman Rowdy Tellez and right-handed pitcher Sean Reid-Foley have been named to MLB.com’s Prospect Team of the Week.

This team recognizes the top performer at each position on the diamond, drawing solely from MLB.com’s top-30 prospect lists.

The slugging Tellez first appeared on this team in mid-May, and returns after a week in which he hit safely in all seven games. The lefty posted a .400 average with two home runs, three doubles, a triple, and nine runs scored.

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Another strong week here improves Tellez’s 2016 slash line to .251/.366/.481, and Jim Callis also highlights one of the more impressive aspects of his game: his 34 walks that lead the Eastern League. The strong plate approach has been there all season long, even when his batting average was climbing back towards .200, and it will be a significant asset when the time comes for Tellez to transition to the major league level.

Reid-Foley joined Tellez by being named the right-handed pitching prospect of the week (MLB.com awards a LHP and RHP position).

In two starts, Reid-Foley threw 14 total innings and allowed just three runs, walking a single batter and striking out 15. He also limited his opponents to five hits, and brought his opponent’s batting average down to .214 on the season.

After fellow right-handed pitching prospect Conner Greene opened the season as the Jays number one mound prospect on the majority of lists, Reid-Foley hasn’t generated the buzz he perhaps deserves. This is especially true given then great performances of Jon Harris, Angel Perdomo, and Francisco Rios in the lower levels.

I’m a little more bullish than most when it comes to Reid-Foley’s potential. At just 20 years old, but with the physical build of a player more mature and developed, Reid-Foley should be challenged with a jump in levels sometime throughout the heart of the season.

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