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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: 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: 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: 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: MRI shows biceps inflammation

    An MRI on Tiedemann's left shoulder has revealed biceps inflammation, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. It would seem to be as good of a diagnosis as the Blue Jays could have hoped for. Tiedemann is considered week-to-week. The Jays' top prospect has been limited to just four starts this season because of arm issues.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Placed on 7-day IL

    Tiedemann has been placed on the 7-day injured list by Double-A New Hampshire on Friday with left biceps discomfort. Tiedemann felt the biceps discomfort during his start Thursday for the Fisher Cats. The left-hander will miss at least one turn in the rotation, but the results of the imaging have yet to be made public, so a long-term injury cannot be ruled out for the top pitching prospect in the Toronto system. If healthy, Tiedemann has the stuff to be a fantasy contributor in the 2023 campaign.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Undergoing MRI on biceps

    Tiedemann is undergoing an MRI on his left biceps Friday after exiting his start Thursday for Double-A New Hampshire, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports. The initial diagnosis is biceps soreness, but Tiedemann will have imaging to hopefully rule out any structural issues. Injuries have been a problem for the young lefty to begin the season, as he missed the first couple weeks with a shoulder issue. The top prospect could push to make his big-league debut at some point in 2023, but he'll need to get healthy first.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Being evaluated for biceps issue

    Tiedemann is being evaluated for left biceps discomfort after making an early exit from his start Thursday at Double-A New Hampshire, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. Tiedemann motioned to the dugout after throwing his 60th pitch of the game in the top of the fourth inning and was promptly removed. Early indications are that this biceps issue is unrelated to the shoulder trouble that caused him to miss the first couple weeks of the minor-league season, but there should be more clarity once further testing is conducted on the 20-year-old top prospect.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Early exit at Double-A

    Tiedemann left his start Thursday at Double-A New Hampshire with an apparent arm injury, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. Tiedemann called for a trainer immediately after throwing a pitch in the top of the fourth inning. He missed a couple of weeks in April due to left shoulder soreness and may now be headed back to the minor-league injured list. The highly-touted 20-year-old southpaw registered a sparkling 2.17 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 117:29 K:BB over his first 78.2 professional innings last summer between Low-A, High-A and Double-A.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Dominant in season debut

    Tiedemann gave up two hits and struck out nine batters over three scoreless innings in his season debut for Double-A New Hampshire on Thursday. That's not a typo -- every out he recorded Thursday came via strikeout. The 20-year-old southpaw made an early push in camp to open the year in the majors before a sore shoulder derailed his spring, but once he got healthy Tiedemann wasted no time demonstrating his arsenal is too much for Double-A hitters, as he touched 99 mph with his fastball while firing 35 of 49 pitches for strikes. The Blue Jays are going to carefully monitor his workload this season, but the team may have little choice but to try and challenge him with a promotion to Triple-A soon enough, and a big-league debut later in the season -- even if it's just in a bullpen role -- seems likely if he keeps dominating in the minors.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Recovering well from shoulder issue

    Tiedemann (shoulder) is expected to join the Double-A New Hampshire rotation by mid-April, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports. Tiedemann battled some shoulder soreness in camp this spring, but he's made steady progress and is now closing on a return to live action. The 20-year-old left-hander was selected in the third round of the 2021 MLB Draft and worked to a stellar 2.17 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 117:29 K:BB over 78.2 innings last season between Low-A, High-A and Double-A ball. If he stays healthy, it's not out of the question Tiedemann makes his big-league debut later in the season.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Set for lower workload

    Tiedemann (shoulder) will begin the season at Double-A New Hampshire and pitch every sixth day instead of every fifth, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. The young lefty dazzled early in camp with his 99 mph fastball before a bout of shoulder soreness slowed down the hype train. Tiedemann pitched an inning in a minor-league game Sunday and struck out two of the four batters he faced, however, so the issue seems to be behind him. The Blue Jays will keep a very careful eye on the 20-year-old's workload this season, but the organization's plans to have him throw fewer minor-league innings over the summer could be an indication they are open to the possibility of him joining the big-league staff later in the year.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Throwing bullpen Wednesday

    Tiedemann (shoulder) is throwing another bullpen session Wednesday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. Tiedemann also was able to complete a bullpen session Saturday, and he continues to make progress from the minor left shoulder soreness that has plagued the southpaw since the middle of March. The top prospect in the Toronto system will begin the season with either Double-A New Hampshire or Triple-A Buffalo, but regardless of his landing spot, he has a great chance to make starts with the Blue Jays before the end of 2023.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Cleared for flat-ground work

    Tiedemann (shoulder) will throw off flat ground at Blue Jays camp Wednesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Manager John Schneider noted that Tiedemann is scheduled to get back on the mound Friday for a bullpen session if he fares well while playing catch Wednesday. The Blue Jays' top pitching prospect had been tending to the sore shoulder before being reassigned to minor-league camp Monday, but the injury doesn't look to be anything that will cost him significant time -- if any -- to begin the season.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Reassigned to minors camp

    Tiedemann (shoulder) was reassigned to minor-league camp by the Blue Jays on Monday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. Tiedemann was recently shut down from throwing due to left shoulder soreness, but he likely was going to be sent to minor-league camp regardless of the injury. The top pitching talent in the Toronto system, Tiedemann was sensational in 2022, and assuming good health, he has a great opportunity to help the Blue Jays before the end of the 2023 campaign.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Named Toronto's top minor leaguer

    Tiedemann was named the Blue Jays' 2022 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America after putting up a 2.17 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 117:29 K:BB over 18 starts across three levels this season. Tiedemann finished the year with an 11-inning stint in Double-A, where he looked just as good as he had in Single-A and High-A. This was a spectacular breakout season for the 2021 third-round pick, with the only drawback being that he pitched a mere 78.2 innings. It'll take some time for Tiedemann to ramp up to an MLB workload, but all signs are pointing up for him.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Moving to Double-A

    Tiedemann will make his debut for Double-A New Hampshire on Friday and is scheduled to pitch no more than three innings, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports. Tiedemann hasn't made a minor-league appearance in nearly a month, as the Jays shut him down for a while to manage the 19-year-old's innings in his first pro season. The promising lefty has sailed past the competition in his first two stops this year, and it'll be worth watching his performance in Double-A. He may have a chance to make his MLB debut at some point in 2023.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Dominant again for Vancouver

    Tiedemann struck out nine and allowed three hits and a walk over five scoreless innings for High-A Vancouver on Friday in a win over Tri-City. The 19-year-old southpaw continues to soar up prospect rankings with a breakout campaign. In four starts since his promotion to High-A, Tiedemann has a 0.46 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 28:3 K:BB through 19.2 innings, and the third-round pick in the 2021 draft is looking like an absolute steal for the Blue Jays. Tiedemann's fastball sits 95-96 mph and he pairs it with a changeup and slider that have both flashed plus, as all three pitches were producing a CSW rate of over 35 percent at Single-A prior to his promotion last month. While the organization won't want to over-extend a promising teenage arm in his first pro season, it seems likely Tiedemann will get a look at Double-A batters this summer if he remains unchallenged in the Northwest League.
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