Best Player: At the 2015 trade deadline, the Athletics wanted Rowdy Tellez as part of a package for Ben Zobrist, but the Blue Jays refused to part with hulking, 6-foot-4 first baseman. This season, the 21-year-old rewarded that faith with the power potential he showed in the Eastern League.
One of the few prospects the new Blue Jays regime challenged with their initial minor league assignments, Tellez responded to a slow start at Double-A New Hampshire by grinding through his at-bats, working counts and eventually turning things around.
“He’s a consistent worker, and a lot of credit goes to him for being proactive and seeking out daily opportunities to improve,” farm director Gil Kim said. “Hitting coach Stubby Clapp has worked tirelessly with him, and both manager Bobby Meacham and infield coordinator Mike Mordecai have really helped him improve as a defender.”
Tellez hit .297/.387/.530 in 124 games with 23 home runs (fourth) and 63 walks (fourth) that ranked among the EL elite.