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Tellez's 'big-time power' intrigues Blue Jays despite up-and-down year

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TORONTO – So much has changed around baseball in recent years, but despite all the hand-wringing over a rapidly evolving game, many constants remain in place. Among them: if you play first base, you have to hit.

With a little more than two weeks remaining in the season, the 30 MLB teams have gotten an average of 27 home runs from their first basemen, who have combined to post an .802 OPS. From Freddie Freeman to Pete Alonso to Anthony Rizzo this position features some legitimate sluggers.

Eventually, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo would like to see Rowdy Tellez become one of them. Even before Tellez homered again in the Blue Jays’ 8-0 win over the Red Sox, his manager spoke enthusiastically about what he offers.

"He’s got big-time power," Montoyo said from his office before the game. "I want him to be that guy–my first baseman next year with an OPS of .800 or .900. He’s got the tools to be that."

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To this point in Tellez’s career, those tools........

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