6 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training for the Texas Rangers.
It was a big year last year for Tomas Telis, who went from fringe prospect to the major leagues in 2014. Telis, 23, improved his offensive performance across the board and got better marks for his defense, as well. Tepid wrote him up in late July, saying that his improvement had put him on the map as a potential major league backup catcher going forward, and if you think a prospect who profiles as a future backup catcher doesn't have value, you haven't paid attention to the Rangers' catching situation the last few years.
Telis will be in AAA to start the season, providing depth for the Rangers, giving them someone on the 40 man roster they can call up if Robinson Chirinos or Carlos Corporan go down. While guys like Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara are exciting because of their ceilings, its still going to be interesting to watch someone like Telis this year, and see if he can build on the improvement he showed in 2014.