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Top Ricky Tiedemann News

  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Set to start spring opener

    Tiedemann will get the start Saturday against the Phillies in the Blue Jays' Grapefruit League opener, Mike Wilner of The Toronto Star reports.

    The 21-year-old southpaw is Toronto's top pitching prospect, but he was limited to 65 innings in 2023, including a stint in the Arizona Fall League, due to injuries. Tiedemann struck out 105 batters in those frames, highlighting his impressive upside, but the Jays will be focused on keeping him healthy this season rather than rushing him to the majors. "Obviously [Tiedemann has] incredible stuff," pitching coach Pete Walker said Wednesday. "Exploding fastball and really good breaking stuff. And he's still developing that changeup, which can be really good. He just has to pitch." While the team's rotation doesn't have a spot for Tiedemann at the moment and he's expected to begin the year at Triple-A Buffalo, he could begin laying the groundwork for his MLB debut with a strong performance Saturday.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Adds muscle over offseason

    Tiedemann said Friday that he weighs 240 pounds after adding about 19 pounds of muscle over the offseason, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.

    Tiedemann isn't on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster yet but is in camp as a non-roster invitee. The top prospect was limited to just 44 innings in 2023 because of a biceps injury but he struck out 82 batters, plus another 23 across 21 Arizona Fall League frames. The left-hander is just 21 and has only 122.2 minor-league innings under his belt, but he's already reached Triple-A Buffalo and could push to debut in 2024.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Invited to MLB spring training

    The Blue Jays announced Monday that Tiedemann received an invitation to major-league spring training, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.

    A biceps issue limited Tiedemann to just 15 starts and 44 innings in 2023, although he fanned a whopping 82 batters over that span. The left-hander also tossed 18 frames in the Arizona Fall League, holding a 2.50 ERA and 23:8 K:BB. Tiedemann is just 21, but he has some of the best stuff of any pitching prospect and, if healthy, has a good shot to debut in 2024.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Will continue season in AFL

    Tiedemann will pitch in the Arizona Fall League this October, Jonathan Mayo and Sam Dykstra of MLB.com report.

    Top pitching prospects don't often see action in the AFL -- the Tigers' Jackson Jobe is the only other young arm of note getting sent to the desert this year -- and in both cases, the hurler missed significant time this season due to injury and could use additional reps. Tiedemann has thrown just 40 innings across all levels in 2023 due to biceps inflammation, although the 21-year-old southpaw is set to make his first Triple-A start Friday night. In those 40 frames, he's posted a remarkable 76:21 K:BB, and if he can stay healthy into next season Tiedemann remains on track for a potential 2024 big-league debut.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Moving up to Triple-A

    The Blue Jays promoted Tiedemann from Double-A New Hampshire to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.

    Tiedemann has dealt with shoulder issues this season and has been a bit of a mixed bag during his time at New Hampshire, posting a 5.06 ERA with 20 walks in 32 innings but also notching a whopping 58 strikeouts. The lefty's ability to make bats miss at a prolific clip has elevated him to becoming one of the top pitching prospects in the game, and he'll get his first taste of the International League this week.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Fans 11 at Double-A

    Tiedemann gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks over 3.2 innings for Double-A New Hampshire on Tuesday, with all 11 outs coming via strikeout.

    The 21-year-old southpaw has struggled since coming off the minor-league IL in mid-August, getting tagged for eight earned runs in 9.2 innings over four appearances, but his 20 strikeouts during that stretch is a reminder of his elite upside. A biceps strain that cost him two and a half months of the season ended any chance Tiedemann might have had of making his big-league debut in 2023, but he'll head into next year a strong candidate to get the call at some point. Expect the Blue Jays to keep a very close eye on his health and workload however -- the 2021 third-round pick has pitched only 30.1 innings so far across all levels this season.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Activated off minor-league IL

    Tiedemann (biceps) was activated from the minor-league injured list Friday at Double-A New Hampshire, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.

    Tiedemann made three terrific rehab starts between the rookie-level Florida Complex League and Single-A Dunedin, tallying 18 strikeouts while yielding just one hit across eight scoreless innings. The talented 20-year-old left-hander is back in the New Hampshire rotation following a three-month absence due to biceps inflammation.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Moves rehab to Single-A

    Tiedemann (biceps) shifted his rehab assignment to Single-A Dunedin on Saturday, walking one and striking out six over three no-hit innings.

    Tiedemann remains on Double-A New Hampshire's 7-day injured list, but based on how he looked Saturday, he could be cleared to make his next start in the Eastern League following a nearly three-month absence due to biceps inflammation. Per Keegan Matheson of MLB.com, Tiedemann's fastball topped out at 97.6 miles per hour and averaged 95.7 mph, and he induced six whiffs on nine swings when he threw his sweeper. Tiedemann remains the Blue Jays' top pitching prospect, but because of the extensive time he missed this season, a 2023 big-league debut may not be in the cards for the 20-year-old southpaw.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Returns to mound

    Tiedemann (biceps) struck out three over two perfect innings in his return to action Friday with the Blue Jays' Florida Complex League affiliate.

    Tiedemann made just four starts this season with Double-A New Hampshire due to shoulder and biceps issues, but he's on the comeback trail and should be back in New Hampshire's rotation soon. The top prospect seems unlikely to make his big-league debut in 2023 given his injury setbacks, but his future remains very bright.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Could return in three weeks

    Tiedemann (biceps) could return for Double-A New Hampshire in three weeks, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

    The prized southpaw has been sitting 96-97 mph with his fastball during live batting practice sessions as he builds up after getting shut down with biceps inflammation in early May. As Davidi notes, the Blue Jays have been abundantly cautious this season with Tiedemann, not wanting to rush him back from a spring shoulder injury and this most recent biceps injury. Given the multiple recent arm injuries and high-end velocity, Tiedemann is as risky as they come from a short-term health standpoint.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Set for mound work

    Tiedemann (biceps) is expected to throw a bullpen session in the coming days, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.

    It will be his first mound workout since he exited a start at Double-A New Hampshire back on May 4 due to left biceps inflammation. The talented young southpaw also battled shoulder trouble in the spring, but he seems to be headed in a positive direction now and could perhaps return to minor-league action sometime in late July.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Considered week-to-week

    Tiedemann (biceps) has not started a rehab assignment yet and is considered week-to-week, Baseball America reports.

    There was a report in mid-May that he was nearing a throwing program, but things don't seem to have advanced much in five weeks since then. His MRI from May 9 showed biceps inflammation after he logged 12.2 innings across four starts for Double-A New Hampshire.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 210 lbs
Age: 21
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: L, L