Bobby Meacham: Rowdy Tellez ‘about to turn the corner’

Rowdy Tellez explains to Hazel Mae how he became a 'Rowdy' even before he was a Ryan John, but says if you call him by his real name, there will be trouble.

First baseman Rowdy Tellez has been considered one of the Toronto Blue Jays‘ most exciting prospects coming down the pipeline.

And rightly so—the heavy-hitter homered on his first-ever Triple-A at-bat, and backed it up with a second home run a few innings later to get the Buffalo Bisons’ season started on positive note.

Bisons manager Bobby Meacham was on Baseball Central Friday morning and discussed the progress of Tellez as he adjusts to life in Triple-A.

“Rowdy’s gone through some struggles as far as adjusting to the pitching here,” Meacham said. “A little bit of different types of pitchers, a little bit more of the finesse guys, use both sides of the plate a little bit more on him, I believe, challenging him inside with their fastball, which he isn’t used to seeing.”

Now 40 games into the season, Tellez has 29 hits and four home runs to go with his 17 RBI.

“I see a lot of good stuff though,” Meacham said. “He’s been able to struggle through some things and I think he’s about to turn the corner here, swinging the bat. He’s a pretty patient hitter at the plate, but also needs to jump in with some aggresiveness when they lay it in there, so I think he’s learning that.

“He’s struggling a little bit, but he’s turning the corner,” he said. “I think this season is obviously a big one for him. I think he’s going to do great.”

Listen to the entire interview here:

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