(Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium - Vancouver, B.C.) - There is no doubt that right now, Toronto Blue Jays fans are foaming at the mouth hoping to get a little "rowdy" in the not so distant future. Yes, Rowdy Tellez is emerging as a front line prospect within the organization that some suggest could be the future over at first base in Toronto. But, and this is a rather large but -- former Vancouver Canadians 1B Ryan McBroom could be the best thing that has happened to Tellez as nothing beats a good ol' fashioned competition from within.
Statistics aside, and don't worry, we'll get to the stats shortly -- Tellez is bigger, but McBroom more athletic and a superior defender. As well, there is no doubt that Tellez can hit the ball 500-feet, but McBroom can hit it 430 which clears the fence as well -- just with perhaps a little less 'pizzazz'.
Okay, before I get too far, here are a few numbers that would support the Blue Jays being okay in either scenario.
Rowdy Tellez, 21, hit .297-23-81 for Double-A New Hampshire this past season. He played in 124 games and became a power threat after hitting just 14 home runs between two levels in 2015. Tellez also made just seven (7) errors in 897 chances (.992%) as he looked to take care of one of the knocks against him with the leather.
McBroom, 24, at Class-A Dunedin hit .274-21-83 with 26 doubles and a fielding percentage of .995 (five errors in 946 chances). The former West Virginia Mountaineer is also known as a guy that can deliver in the crunch and has the respect of the clubhouse with his 6-3, 230-pound frame that played in 119 games for the Blue Jays this past summer.
So what do you do if you are the Blue Jays?
Let's not forget that the Blue Jays are also trotting out former 1st Round catcher Max Pentecost at first base as the multiple injuries battled over the last few seasons might have gotten the blue-chipper out from behind the plate. That also adds a stick into the spokes over at first base as Pentecost hit a healthy .314-7-34 for Lansing (Class-A, Midwest League). Perhaps not the power numbers needed to play a premiem position like first base, but it does give the Blue Jays options come trade deadlines, etc.
So again, what do you do if you're the Blue Jays?
If Toronto continues to compete in the American League East, you might not see Tellez at any point this season as most suggest that of the three mentioned here, he is the only legitimate player who could head to Rogers Centre in 2017. That said, if the Jays are in the thick of a race, as we saw a few years back with GM Alex Anthopoulos at the helm, a player like McBroom could be a juicy piece to add to a deal that helps in a different area. Or, with McBroom a little older, more seasoned and mature -- would you dare dangle the #5 prospect in the Toronto organization in Tellez?
I would imagine current GM Ross Atkins is perfectly fine with both players still in house. For McBroom, this is year four within the Jays organization and for Tellez, it's his 5th -- so again. What would you do?
None of the above-mentioned players are going to have an immediate impact on this 2017 Blue Jays roster, and maybe not the 2018 roster either. That said, as much as we thought the Jays organization was depleted at the Minor League level, there are some areas of strength that still scream 'potential'.
The question remains, which of these three will make it? Will one push the other to a different organization? Or can the Blue Jays have its cake and eat it too by keeping these key prospects in house and ready for the call whenever it comes?
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