Brewers: Rowdy Tellez Awarded NL Player of the Week
It would appear that the Milwaukee Brewers have solidified their every day first baseman. Rowdy Tellez has had himself a season already, and his play this past week earned him special honors.
Tellez had a .321 batting average, three home runs, 12 runs and a 1.107 OPS in the last week of play.
With Keston Hiura sent back down to Triple-A Nashville to get more at-bats, it is all but confirmed that Rowdy will be the Brewers first baseman for the foreseeable future.
For a Brewers team that started off slow offensively, the team now has had two players awarded the title on back-to-back weeks. Willy Adames received that honor last week. It shows how deep and diverse the Brewers’ offense is at times. Instead of a team rallying behind a player like Christian Yelich in 2018 and 2019, the current team is very good when the hot streaks are shared and working together.
Rowdy Tellez gave the Brewers back-to-back Player of the Week honors for just the fifth time in franchise history.
Let’s quickly break down his week. After only one at-bat on Sunday, his first game on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds lead to a solo home run. The next day, he broke a Brewers record by having 8 RBIs in a single game. He also had two home runs and a double over four hits. In the finale against the Reds, he had two hits, both of them doubles and brought in another RBI.
His first game in Atlanta helped the Crew get their only win of the series. He had another two hits, including a double and two RBIs. Rowdy would have goose eggs the next two days and still won NL Player of the week. Imagine his stats if he wouldn’t have run into Max Fried and Charlie Morton. Both had one of their best starts of their year against Milwaukee this past weekend.
Besides the “Rowdy” chants at American Family Field and becoming a fan favorite, Tellez is also starting to get some national attention too. He was recently on Intentional Talk and revealed which movie star he will be dressing up as soon with the team.
This is only the fifth time the Brewers have won consecutive Player of the Week honors. It’s the first since 2004, when Lyle Overbay and Ben Sheets won the award back-to-back. Ironically enough, Overbay also had people chant for him, and would put their arms up like an “O” and chant “Ooooooo” when he was up to bat.
If Tellez and the Brewers offense can keep their momentum going behind their elite pitching, they could be off to one of the best starts in franchise history. Milwaukee is in the top 5 on most MLB Power Rankings, and starting to hold strong at the top of the NL Central.