Pittsburgh Pirates: 3 Key Factors for Rowdy Tellez's Success

Will the first baseman be able to find the form that produced 35 homers in 2022?
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Success for Rowdy Tellez with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2024 will largely be determined by his health, fundamentals, and mentality.

When reports of the Pittsburgh Pirates signing first baseman Rowdy Tellez to a one-year deal hit the internet on Tuesday evening, many fans bemoaned Tellez’s lackluster 2023 line (.215/.291/.376) and dished out justifiable comparisons to former free-agent signings Ji Man Choi and Daniel Vogelbach. I must admit that the Pirates seem to have a type when it comes to free agent first basemen. Might Pittsburgh fans, though, dream of the Tellez of 2022, who clobbered 35 homers? Might there be a silver lining to this latest offseason move? Three factors may very well determine Tellez’s value to the club in 2024.