Most fans haven't heard of Robbie Tenerowicz. Not yet, anyway. But, the former 27th-round pick is moving on up in the Cincinnati Reds farm system.
Tenerowicz, who's nicknamed "Byrd", has been called up to Triple-A Louisville. The 27-year-old had been at Double-A Chattanooga since last season.
The infielder's stats at Double-A Chattanooga this season are quite impressive, but it's his play over the past 10 games that has obviously caught the attention the Reds development department. Since May 24, Tenerowicz is hitting .379/.526/.724.
Robbie "Byrd" Tenerowicz is one step closer to joining the Reds roster.
Robbie Tenerowicz is emblematic of the Major League Baseball tagline, "Let the kids play!" Tenerowicz is one of the most entertaining minor league players you'll see, and he's bringing his talents to the Derby City.
Tenerowicz is a product of Driveline Baseball. While most fans think of Driveline as being focused on pitching, the data driven professionals at the Washington-based complex also focus on hitting.
One thing that has changed for Tenerowicz this season is the increased number of walks. The right-handed hitting slugger, according to FanGraphs, owned a 14.4% walk-rate at Double-A Chattanooga this season, which is almost double what he put up in 2021.
Tenerowicz will now take his hacks at the highest level in the minor leagues. Byrd had never played above Double-A until he receiving his promotion to Triple-A Louisville.
Robbie Tenerowicz has the ability to play all over the diamond, but he's primarily a corner infielder. Tenerowicz started 20 games at first base for the Lookouts this season and 21 games at the hot corner.
If you've yet to see Tenerowicz play, take a ride out to Louisville Slugger Field and watch the way that Byrd attacks the baseball. He'll endear himself quickly to the fans in Louisville, Kentucky, and perhaps will make his way to the big leagues later this season.