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Jays prospect Tellez adjusts to slower track

BUFFALO—Rowdy Tellez is a hard name to miss, even in the diverse world of major league baseball. Add the unique moniker to the fact that he’s one of the Blue Jays’ top prospects, playing a position — first base — that appeared to be a team weakness heading into the season, and the 22-year-old was bound to draw extra attention in the spring. After Edwin Encarnacion’s free-agent departure for Cleveland and before Justin Smoak’s emergence, there were calls for the Jays to fast-track Tellez to The Show. Months later, with Smoak an all-star and Tellez still finding his way with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, there’s much less buzz. And while he’s looking forward to his turn in the big leagues, that’s OK with Tellez. “Unfortunately it hasn’t been the year I planned, but it’s all about learning and understanding what you need to work on,” he said this past weekend. “I’m grateful that I’m here learning. I’ve always felt like I was ready to be up there, but looking back now it’s better to do it here than have a whole bunch of eyes up there watching you. “Article Continued BelowTellez — batting .211 with six home runs, 36 RBIs and a .617 on-base plus slugging mark — heard the talk in the spring, but tried to tune it out. The California native was No. 89 on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list in May before dropping off altogether by mid-season. “(Blue Jays general manager) Ross Atkins and (president and CEO) Mark Shapiro were always saying DBTH — don’t believe the hype — and gave me some stories about players that they had dealt with,” he said.

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