Tomas Telis…switch-hitting catcher from El Tigre, Venezuela…originally signed by Texas as a minor league free agent in July 2007 by scout Edgar Suarez.
Played all season with Triple-A St. Paul in the Twins organization, slashing .296/.340/.418 with a .758 OPS in 101 games…totaled 12 doubles, 12 home runs and 50 home runs, striking out 58 times against 26 walks...Defensively spent time at numerous positions: catcher (36 G, 34 GS), first base (44 GS0, second base (2 GS) and third base (1 G)…committed just five errors over 101 games.
Was a non-roster invite to Twins spring training for second straight season, appearing in 11 games, going 3-for-18 (.167) with a double, a walk and two RBI...Spent season in Twins Player Pool at alternate training site in St. Paul, MN...Was on Twins Taxi Squad several times throughout the season and remained with the club as a bullpen catcher during several homestands.
Was an invite to Twins spring training, seventh career spring training and first with Minnesota; reassigned to minor league camp March 18 and spent season with Triple-A Rochester...Set career-high with six RBI August 22 vs. Buffalo, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two walks...Hit .336 (76-for-226) as a left-handed batter and .313 (25-for-80) as a right-handed batter...Hit .361 (73-for-202) with a .909 OPS in final 53 games from June 1 through end of the season; hit .346 (18-for-52) in 14 June games, .324 (24-for-74) in 19 July games and .408 (31-for-76) in 20 August games...Caught 78 games (all starts) for the Red Wings, leading the club...Finished with eight home runs, the second most of career (11 with Single-A Hickory in 2011)...Led club in batting average (.330), third in hits (101), fourth in doubles (21) and total bases (150) and fifth in RBI (46).
Spent sixth career spring training with Marlins and third consecutively ... Made Miami's Opening Day roster, the first of career...appeared in the Marlins opener, going 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter March 29 vs. Chicago-NL ... Played 23 games for the Marlins in a back-up catcher role to starter J.T. Realmuto; made two starts on the season for Miami, one at designated hitter and one at first base in consecutive games April 16 and 17 at New York-AL ... Used by Marlins primarily as pinch hitter, going 2-for-16 (.125) in that role ... Designated for release or assignment April 28; outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans ... Hit .328 (39-for-119) with five doubles, two triples, two home runs and 21 RBI for the Baby Cakes from July 1 through the end of the season in 34 games ... Combined to hit .299 (93-for-311) with eight doubles, three triples, four home runs, 48 RBI, 22 walks and a .348 on-base percentage in 99 games between Miami and New Orleans...hit .319 (23-for-72) as right-handed batter and .293 (70-for-239) as left-handed batter.
Split season between Triple-A New Orleans and Miami...Had three stints with Marlins: May 9-12; June 6-15; and July 25-season...With Miami, set new career highs in games (48), runs (13), hits (25), doubles (5), triples (3), and RBI (9)...Posted .272 average (22x81) as left-handed hitter, and .130 (3x23) as right-handed hitter...Finished the season with a .321 average (9x28) in 16 games in September...Was 6x21 (.286) with three doubles and an RBI as a pinch hitter for Miami...Opened year with New Orleans and batted .279 (78x280) with 14 doubles, two triples, five home runs, and 31 RBI in 73 games over three stints...Had best month with New Orleans in June, when he hit .355 (22x62) and had a season-long seven-game hitting streak (.400/10x25).
Spent most of season with Triple-A New Orleans...Posted .310 (104x336) average for Zephyrs, best mark of career when getting minimum 200 at-bats...Also drew career-high 27 walks, as well as 45 RBI, second- highest total of career...Six home runs were his most since career-high 11 in 2011 with Single-A Hickory...Opened season batting .370 (34x92) over first 26 games (through May 28), with 16 runs scored, seven doubles, a triple, one home runs, and 12 RBI...During that span, had a streak of eight games from May 14-28 in which he had at least one hit (.548/17x31), one run scored (8), and one RBI (9); tied for his longest hitting streak of season...Hit .325 in 12 games in April and .344 in 17 games in May before dropping to .280 in 21 games in June and .292 in 20 games in July...Finished Minor League season with .321 mark in 21 August games, with season-high 26 hits for the month...Tied season high with second eight-game hitting streak from...Aug. 18-27, batting .516 (16x31) with three doubles, a home run, and eight RBI...Had two stints with Miami; called up briefly from July 8-13 before being called up for remainder of season on Sept. 1...In final game of season, on October 2 at Washington, tied career high with two hits and set new career high with four RBI. Also had first home run of career, two-run shot off of Max Scherzer in fifth inning.
Opened season in Texas organization with Triple-A Round Rock, where he batted .353 (41x116) over his first 27 games, with 17 runs scored, five doubles, three home runs, and 12 RBI...In 70 games with Express overall, hit .291 (82x282), with 15 doubles, a triple, five home runs, and 25 RBI...Switch hitter batted .308 from the right side, with two home runs and eight RBI, and batted .283 from the left, with three homers and 17 RBI...Made season debut with Texas on July 17 at Houston; appeared in six games for the Rangers before trade to Miami on July 31...Appeared in one game with Triple-A New Orleans before being recalled to Miami on August 3 and making Marlins' debut that night vs. the Mets...Appeared in 17 games with the Marlins, going 4x27 (.148)... Batted .333 (2x6) as RHH and .125 (4x32) as LHH overall on the season... Optioned back to NOLA on Aug. 20 and recalled again on September 7...In 13 games with NOLA overall, hit .333 (16x48).
Had contract purchased from Round Rock (AAA) on 8/25 and spent the rest of the year with Texas in his first major league action...had 18 starts, 17 at catcher and one as designated hitter...had hits in 13 of 18 games, one BB in 71 plate appearances...switch-hitter batted .259 (15-58) vs. RH pitchers, .200 (2-10) vs. lefties...hit .333 (7-21) with runners in scoring position and was 2-for-3 with bases loaded...all 8 RBI came on the road...started Rangers' 2-0 win 8/25 at SEA, a combined shutout for Miles Mikolas and Neftali Feliz...became first player to catch a shutout in his ML debut since Pittsburgh's Jason Kendall on Opening Day, 4/1/96 at FLA...also recorded first ML hit in that game with an infield single in the 7th inning off Brandon Maurer...had career-high 3 RBI in 2nd career start 8/27 at SEA, a 3-run double off Erasmo Ramirez...threw out 1 of 17 runners attempting to steal and posted .991 (1 E/112 TC) fielding pct…after season, played 25 games for Magallanes in Venezuelan Winter League.
Saw first career action at Double-A level, spending entire season with Frisco...led the TL in games caught (82), total chances (682), and putouts (608) by a catcher, compiling a .991 fielding pct. (6 E/682 TC)...threw out 37 of 115 (32.2%) would-be basestealers, 3rd-highest percentage in TL...batted .315 (29-92) with RISP...had 12-game hit streak, 4/29-5/18...hit all 4 HR in June, all while batting left-handed...was a mid-season TL All-Star, going 1-for-2 as PH/C in 6/25 game at NW Arkansas.
Spent full season with Myrtle Beach (High-A)...had 79 games at catcher, 37 as DH...threw out 37 of 102 (36.3%) would-be base stealers, 3rd-best percentage in the Carolina League...batted .283 (46-162) with 3 HR and 18 RBI over first 42 games and .226 (65-288) with one HR and 25 RBI over final 75 games...hit 2 HR in season-opener 4/6 vs. Wilmington...season-high 4 hits, 8/10 at Frederick.
Spent entire campaign with Hickory (A)...selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, going 0-for-1 for North on 6/21 at Delmarva...split time between catcher and DH, starting at catcher for the first time since 2009...threw out 27 of 120 (22.5%) attempted base stealers...batted .362 (47-130) with RISP and .329 (27-82) with RISP/2 outs...collected season highs in both hits (4) and RBI (5) on 6/3 at Delmarva.
Spent the entire season with the AZL Rangers...tied for the team lead in RBI...was relegated to a full-time designated hitter role, after pre-season elbow surgery...hit .375 (21-56) with RISP...batted .414 (29-70) over last 19 games...season-high 5 hits on 8/2 vs. AZL Royals.
Split the campaign between AZL Rangers and Spokane...combined to bat .330 (67-203) with 4 HR and 30 RBI in 53 games...tabbed as the 16th-best prospect in the Arizona League by Baseball America...threw out 13-of-67 (19.4 %) would-be base stealers...promoted to Spokane on 8/30...homered in 2 of last 3 G with Spokane, matching HR production through first 50 G of season.
Spent the entire season with the DSL Rangers...led team in RBI (36) and hits (70)...selected to the DSL All-Star Game where he won MVP honors.