Rowdy Tellez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 255 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/16/1995 (26)
Rowdy Tellez Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Rowdy Tellez News
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez isn't in the team's lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series. The first baseman hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning during Friday's series-opening win, but he'll head to the bench on Saturday with left-hander Max Fried taking the mound for Atlanta. Instead, it'll be Eduardo Escobar moving over to first base with Luis Urias entering the lineup at third base. Escobar is batting third against Fried. During the regular season, the veteran hit .295 with a .340 on-base percentage and nine home runs in 159 plate appearances against left-handed pitching.
The Milwaukee Brewers activated first baseman Rowdy Tellez (knee) from the 10-day injured list on Saturday. He is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, batting seventh. Infielder Keston Hiura was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Tellez. The 26-year-old was out for about three weeks due to a strained right patella. He's played in 54 games with the Brew Crew since being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in early July. Over those 54 games, he's slashed .270/.329/.474 with seven home runs, 27 RBI and 20 runs.
Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he is hopeful first baseman Rowdy Tellez (knee) will rejoin the team on their upcoming road trip, which kicks off next Tuesday in St. Louis. Tellez has been out since September 12 due to a strained right patella but has been taking part in more baseball activities over the last week. Over the 54 games the 26-year-old has played since being acquired from the Blue Jays, he has hit .270/.329/.474 with seven home runs, 27 RBI, and 20 runs scored on 41 hits.
There was little doubt about how much pop was in Rowdy Tellez's bat. He was billed as a typical slugging first baseman, and he lived up to that billing in the shortened 2020 season. While his barrel rate that was elite in 2019 did regress some, down to 8.4%, he still did hit the ball plenty hard, as he set a new career-best in that department at 45.3%, and in the 81st percentile of all hitters last season. What held Tellez back previously was that he didn't do much else besides hit the ball hard. Up until 2020, Tellez's high strikeout rate was really holding him back. After strikeout rates approaching 30% in 2018 and 2019, Tellez did do much better, nearly halving that rate to just 15.7%. Tellez never had much of a strikeout issue in the minor leagues, so this improvement could just be due to him seeing more pitches in the Majors and getting better acclimated to them. Tellez still did chase a bit more than league-average, but the real improvement came in whiffs. His whiff rate in 2019 was among the worst in the game, but in 2020, he cut this rate down by eight percent down to 23.2%, a rate that is actually better than average. This allows Tellez to put more of his high-quality contact in play, and overall, get better results. The fly in the ointment for Tellez in 2021 is his playing time situation. The Blue Jays bulked up their lineup with the additions of George Springer and Marcus Semien this offseason. This makes Tellez only fit in the DH role, and prone to a bench spot in the event his bat goes cold for any period of time.