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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: Returning to mound Friday

    Tiedemann (elbow) will make a rehab start with the Blue Jays' Florida Complex League affiliate Friday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports. It will be the top prospect's first appearance since April 11, as he's been sidelined with left ulnar nerve inflammation in his pitching elbow. Tiedemann will eventually move up to Triple-A Buffalo, where he began this season before getting hurt. He's a candidate to join the Blue Jays at some point this season, but Tiedemann figures to remain in the minors for a while as he attempts to prove he can be healthy and effective for an extended period.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Close to rehab assignment

    Tiedemann (elbow) threw a live batting practice session Friday and could begin a rehab assignment this week, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. The 21-year-old lefty last pitched April 11 for Triple-A Buffalo before being shut down with what was diagnosed as ulnar nerve inflammation in his elbow, but he's close to resuming game action. Tiedemann will likely begin his rehab stint in the Florida Complex League or with Single-A Dunedin, and he could rejoin the Buffalo rotation by the end of June. If Tiedemann can manage to stay healthy, he remains a candidate to bolster the major-league staff in the second half.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Faces batters

    Tiedemann (elbow) threw a 20-pitch live bullpen session Friday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Tiedemann faced hitters for the first time since being placed on the 7-day IL on April 18 with ulnar nerve inflammation. The next step for Tiedemann will be a rehab assignment, which will likely begin in the Florida Complex League or with Single-A Dunedin. Regardless, Tiedemann appears to be making strong progress and should be back with Triple-A Buffalo in June.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Throwing off mound again

    Tiedemann (elbow) is back on a mound and throwing bullpens according to Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports. Tiedemann has been out with ulnar nerve inflammation in his left elbow since late April and the team has been cautious in its approach to his recovery. Atkins said that the top prospect will be back in game action "relatively soon" and one silver lining of the injury is that it removed any concern about limiting his workload down the road this season.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Begins throwing again

    Tiedemann (elbow) has resumed throwing at the Blue Jays' spring training complex in Dunedin, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. The 21-year-old left-hander is currently only throwing from flat ground, and it could be a couple weeks before Toronto puts him back on a mound. There's no timeline yet for Tiedemann's return to game action, and the Jays aren't going to rush their top pitching prospect. He hasn't pitched since April 11, stumbling to a 5.63 ERA with a 10:9 K:BB over eight innings in three appearances for Triple-A Buffalo before being shut down.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Ulnar nerve issue in elbow

    Tiedemann has been diagnosed with ulnar nerve inflammation in his left elbow, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports. The hope is that Tiedemann will be ready to begin throwing again in 7-to-10 days. All things considered, it's a very favorable diagnosis for the top pitching prospect. Tiedemann was struggling at Triple-A Buffalo before getting hurt, posting a 5.63 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 10:9 K:BB over eight frames.
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  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Meeting with doctors

    Tiedemann (elbow) is set to meet with doctors in Toronto this week, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Keegan Matheson of MLB.com notes that the meeting was prompted by Tiedemann experiencing elbow discomfort. Prior to landing on the 7-day IL on April 18, Tiedemann made three starts with Triple-A Buffalo, going 0-1 while posting a 5.63 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 10:9 K:BB over eight frames.
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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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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