The Story of Ryan Tellez began in the womb, when he earned the nickname "Rowdy", for the constant ruckus he caused inside his mother's stomach. The nickname stuck with Tellez his entire life, to the point where his own grandmother (allegedly) doesn't even know his real name.
It is said, that at the age of three, Rowdy learned to ride a dirtbike, before he learned to read or speak. 14 years since, The Legend of Rowdy Tellez continues to grow, as does his massive stature. On this day, the 17-year-old Sacramento-native stands 1.8 Altuves tall, weighing in at 240 pounds.
The powerful first baseman, and current USC Trojan commit, has been on most scout's radar since 2011, when he was named ESPN's Sophomore of the Year. As a junior, Rowdy continued to rake, with a trip-slash of .587/.673/1.013 and nine home runs, usually of the 400+ feet variety.
The left-handed-hitting first baseman is known for his mammouth power and great work ethic. He's also shown potential for average-to-above-average plate discipline. He rocks the number 44, to honor his all-time favorite player, Willie McCovey.
During the World Wood Bat Association's World Championship, in mid-October, Rowdy turned some heads by going 5-for-12 with three doubles, a triple, and a 9:0 K:BB ratio.
With the 2013 MLB Draft slowly approaching, it's never too early to start looking at candidates for the Astros' second pick. Baseball America ranks him 36th overall on their big board. Jonathan Mayo left him off his top 50. Minor League Ball has him 26th overall. And Keith Law left him off his top 30.
Take a peak at the big man's swing, and tell me what you think: