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Rowdy Tellez and Jonathan Davis among next wave of September additions

The Blue Jays announced four more players joining the big league team’s expanded roster today. Dwight Smith Jr. and Richard Urena will return to the team while Rowdy Tellez and Jonathan Davis will be called up for the first time.

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  • Smith was the 53rd overall pick by the Blue Jays back in 2011. He made his debut with the team last season and saw a decent amount of action in May and June. He’s actually fared really well at the MLB level as he has an .831 OPS over the course of 89 plate appearances.
  • Urena made his debut with the team last September and has been up and down a little bit as a backup infielder this season. Through 124 career MLB plate appearances, Urena has a .643 OPS.
  • Rowdy Tellez is an interesting addition to the roster. Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales, you’d think, will gobble up most of the at bats at first and DH for the remainder of the season. Still, Tellez had a very strong finish to the year and the organization is likely looking to build his confidence on a stellar finish, even if he doesn’t see much playing time. The Tellez story, in particular, is fantastic given what he’s battled through off the field. 
  • Jonathan Davis had a breakout season in Toronto’s system this year. He was a 15th round pick of the Jays back in 2013 and was never really on the prospect radar. This season, though, he put up a .830 OPS in New Hampshire before getting the call up to Buffalo in mid-July.
  • Anthony Alford and Dalton Pompey weren’t among the players recalled by the Blue Jays. It’s interesting to see because that would potentially mean that Smith and Davis are viewed higher on the depth chart. I have a feeling this is the end for Pompey in the Jays organization given the fact he’s out of options, while Alford, who still has options, will get another year at Triple-A.
  • It was also speculated that Justin Shafer, David Paulino, and Jake Petricka, 40-man roster pitchers not currently with the Jays, would be added to the roster at the end of Buffalo’s season. It doesn’t appear that they’ve been added, though I could be missing something. EDIT: Petricka is there, but the other two aren’t.  


  • The Humungus

    I hope Tellez plays first base for the rest of the season. Smoak has been great, but he’s maxed out his option value and maybe he can take it easy secure that he’ll be in the bigs next year.

    I know it’s September, but I they need to get an idea of what they’ve got in Tellez right now so he doesn’t waste a 40 man spot this winter if he’s not going to be good enough.

    • Cam Lewis

      You can also glue Kendrys to the bench, make sure his numbers remain where they are which is thoroughly solid, and see if a team will bite at him in the offseason?

      • Paul Beestons Grass Surface

        I was thinking the opposite. He’s rebounded nicely, now let him feast on September baseball, and see if he can pad the numbers and be even more attractive in the offseason.

    • Paul Beestons Grass Surface

      I agree, but I wonder if it’s as mentioned, let him acclimate to the majors. Still, they should really explore what they have in him. Let him at least play 2 weeks out of the month, splitting his time with each week. Then maybe ask him to play winter ball and go on a high note.

    • Paul Beestons Grass Surface

      Actually the more I think about it, where possible, why not let the AAA guys play as much as possible. Hernandez, he could use the OF time, but let him sit a bit more. Same with Pillar, unless they hope to also showcase him over the winter. Grichuk, you know, he’s rebounded, and it might do his confidence some good to keep playing as much as possible. So Left field, run Smith Jr and JD out there. Let Tellez play first and squeeze in everyone else, in the same manner, where possible.

  • JimmyV1965

    For the love of God, please do something with Devon Travis. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a worse middle infielder. He has nothing for range, his arm is beyond weak and he can’t turn a double play for love or money. If we had a good second baseman, the Rays don’t score even one run on the seventh.