Blue Jays: 5 Prospects off to disappointing starts on the farm

Feb 25, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel (13) looks on from the dugout in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel (13) looks on from the dugout in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 25, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez (1) runs the bases in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez (1) runs the bases in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports /

Rowdy Tellez Buffalo Bisons

Ok, I figured I would tackle the elephant in the room right off the bat. Rowdy Tellez was tabbed as the future first baseman of the Blue Jays and many fans argued he should have relieved Justin Smoak of his duties out of spring training.

Unfortunately for Tellez he has slumped at the worst time possible and proven that he still has some weaknesses to overcome before stepping in at the major league level. While his placeholder with the big club has overachieved leading the Blue Jays in home runs and runs batted in.

Tellez has just reached the Mendoza Line in Buffalo after scuffling for the first 6 weeks of the season. He is currently slashing at an uninspiring .200/.316/.322 clip with 3 home runs in 35 games this season and the 22-year old is only batting .091 versus southpaws.

In his last ten games, the slugger is batting a minuscule .182 with 6 hits and zero home runs in 33 at-bats. The first baseman has struck out 26 times in 115 at-bats but encouragingly has at least worked 19 bases on balls along the way to keep his on-base percentage respectable. Tellez will have to work out the kinks and prove he can consistently hit at the Triple-A level before the big club comes calling for his services.

Tellez will have to work out the kinks and prove he can consistently hit at the Triple-A level before the big club comes calling for his services.

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