Brewers who won't survive the Trade Deadline: 1B Rowdy Tellez
This is a perilous time for Rowdy Tellez. He began the season entrenched as the starting first baseman. He had a good season last year and was projected to have an even better season this year because of the shift ban put in place. That hasn't materialized.
Tellez had an OPS over .900 back in May, but hit a massive slump in the middle of the month that he's yet to get out of. The forearm injury that put him on the IL didn't help and perhaps it explains his struggles, but once Tellez returns to the lineup, he'll have to prove he's worthy of everyday at-bats.
Owen Miller has swung the bat well in Tellez's absence. Tellez could be relegated to platoon duty and the Brewers may still look to upgrade first base at the Trade Deadline.
On the season, Tellez is now hitting just .213/.285/.388, still sitting on 12 homers, and has a .672 OPS. Since May 22nd, when Tellez hit his last home run and had a .897 OPS, Tellez is hitting just .165 with a .410 OPS. He has four extra base hits in those 36 games.
Now Tellez is out for an even longer period of time due to a finger injury he suffered shagging fly balls. He was due to return to the lineup Tuesday, but instead will be out past the Trade Deadline. When he's healthy, he may not have a job to come back to.