The Texas Rangers catcher Tomas Telis managed to get some extra playing time in the Dominican Winter League. He played with in the Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional organization’s Navegantes del Magallanes team back in the month of November.
During his time in winter ball Telis had a batting average of .258/.315/.341/.657 with 4 doubles, 1 home run and 7 RBI over 25 games/82 at-bats. He batted a dismal .118 against lefties and .292 against righties. But, you should remember that 82 at-bats is a pretty small sample set. He did managed to throw out 4 of 9 basestealers during winter ball. He was only 1 for 17 during his one month in the majors last season.
His season was cut a bit short due to an injury to his left hand during a game. Luckily there was no structrual damage to his hand and should be ready by spring training.
Telis, like most young players, spent time in winter ball working on fine tuning his skills such as footwork and his release. He’s already an amazing catcher, but like Jorge Alfaro he’s still a bit green. He’ll be with the Rangers during spring training and will have an opportunity to win a spot on the 25-man roster. He’ll be competing against others such as Brett Nicholas and Chris Gimenez.
As of now the Texas Rangers have Robinson Chirinos, Jorge Alfaro and Tomas Telis on their 40-man roster. The Texas Rangers included Tomas Telis as part of the September call ups and moved catcher J.P. Arencibia primarily as a first baseman.