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A consensus top-five pitching prospect entering 2023, Ricky Tiedemann dazzled in spring training before missing a month with a sore shoulder. He exited his fourth start of the year at Double-A with biceps soreness, which ended up sidelining him for 10 weeks. Tiedemann returned to action in late-July and logged 10 full-season starts, primarily at Double-A, although he averaged less than three innings per outing as the Jays were extremely careful with his workload. The 21-year-old southpaw finished the year with one four-inning start at Triple-A and went to the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time. He logged a 2.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and a 23:8 K:BB in in 18 innings across four AFL starts. Tiedemann's trademark plus changeup and slider were giving AFL hitters fits, and he touched 97 mph with his fastball. He dealt with multiple arm injuries and posted a 12 percent walk rate in 62 innings, so the red flags with Tiedemann are hard to miss. If he can hold up as a starter at Triple-A for a couple months, he could spend the rest of the season in the big-league rotation, but a zero in fantasy is also on the table for 2024.

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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Undergoes MRI for elbow injury

    Tiedemann underwent an MRI on his left elbow Thursday, Shi Davidi of reports. There's no word yet on the results of the MRI, but it's not the first time the top prospect has dealt with an arm issue. Tiedemann was limited to just 44 innings last season because of shoulder and biceps problems and now could be facing another lengthy absence. The 21-year-old boasts a ridiculous 39.5 percent strikeout rate in the minors but has made only 36 starts since being drafted in 2021 due to various injuries.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Lands on injured list

    Tiedemann (undisclosed) was placed on the 7-day injured list Thursday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. There were no details provided about the injury. Tiedemann had gotten off to a shaky start to the minor-league season with Triple-A Buffalo, allowing five earned runs across eight innings while walking seven, and he hasn't pitched since April 11. Any possibility of a big-league debut later this season is on hold until his health situation becomes clearer.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: In mix for opening series start

    Blue Jays manager John Schneider said Friday that Tiedemann is "in the mix" to make the Opening Day roster and get a start during the first series of the season in Tampa Bay, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports. Tiedemann's potential inclusion on the Opening Day roster hinges on whether Kevin Gausman (shoulder) is ready for a start during the opening series or needs a short stint on the injured list. Mitch White is the favorite to handle the assignment, with Yariel Rodriguez, Wes Parsons and Paolo Espino also in the mix along with Tiedemann to fill in for Gausman. It's difficult to envision the young left-hander winning out if he would only be needed for one start, but the fact that he's even being considered points to his potential to reach the majors sooner rather than later.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Works on back field Sunday

    Tiedemann (hamstring) faced live hitters on a backfield Sunday and could see game action later this week, Keegan Matheson of reports. "It also depends on starting to run again, starting to field, making sure all of that is intact, because you're going to get those ground balls to first base where I need to run over and cover," Tiedemann said after Sunday's session. "I've got to be able to do that, but I think this week, I'll be in." The flamethrowing lefty faced a group of hitters that included big-leaguers Daulton Varsho, Cavan Biggio (shoulder) and Isiah Kiner-Falefa and leaned heavily on his slider with impressive results. Tiedemann estimates he could build up to a four-inning workload by the end of camp, and that might be enough to have the Blue Jays' top pitching prospect begin the year on the Opening Day roster, as both Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah are currently dealing with shoulder issues.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Facing hitters next

    Tiedemann (hamstring) bounced back well from Thursday's bullpen session and is expected to face hitters next, Keegan Matheson of reports. Tiedemann has been slowed lately with a left hamstring issue, but he's ramped back up without setbacks and is getting back on track. The young left-hander should still have time to build up in time for Opening Day, although he is expected to begin the season back in the minors.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Resumes throwing

    Blue Jays manager John Schneider said Tiedemann (hamstring/calf) was able to play catch Sunday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. Tiedemann was scratched ahead of his scheduled start in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Phillies after experiencing inflammation between his left hamstring and calf, but his ability to throw in some fashion a day later is an encouraging sign. Schneider indicated that the Blue Jays are continuing to view Tiedemann as day-to-day, and the team likely won't pencil him back into the spring pitching schedule until he throws a bullpen session without issue.
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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 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: 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, 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: 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 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 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: Throwing bullpen Wednesday

    Tiedemann (shoulder) is throwing another bullpen session Wednesday, Keegan Matheson of 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 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 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: 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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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Perfect start at Single-A

    Tiedemann had the best start of his career Friday for Single-A Dunedin, striking out nine over five perfect innings. The 91st overall pick in the 2021 draft, Tiedemann didn't make his pro debut until this season as a 19-year-old at Single-A. He has gone exactly five innings in each of his first four starts and has not allowed a run while giving up just two hits total over his last three starts. Tiedemann walked four batters in both his second and third starts of the campaign, but that's the one blemish on his early resume. He has a mid-90s fastball and leans on a strong changeup, which is a good recipe for a 6-foot-4 lefty to have success in the lower levels.
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