During the 2021 MLB Draft, the Toronto Blue Jays used their first two draft picks on collegiate level pitching in right-hander Gunnar Hoglund and southpaw Ricky Tiedemann. Hoglund has yet to pitch for an affiliate team after undergoing Tommy John surgery early last season and was traded to the Oakland Athletics back in March as part of the package to bring Matt Chapman to the Blue Jays. This left Tiedemann to take over as the club’s top-ranked pitching prospect and the California product is turning heads early.
Standing at 6’4″, Tiedemann did not pitch for an affiliated team once he signed with Toronto but instead went and worked in Dunedin at the club’s development complex, working through a throwing program and adding some bulk to his frame. He would start the 2022 season in Single-A Dunedin and through six starts, Tiedemann allowed just six earned runs through 30.0 innings of work while striking out 49 batters against 11 hits.
The Golden West College product was promoted to High-A Vancouver on May 14th and has been phenomenal through his first two starts with the Canadians, allowing just three hits and one earned run through two starts and 9.2 combined innings. He has also struck out 13 batters since being promoted and owns a 0.517 WHIP so far with his new club. The top prospect also earned some high praise from general manager Ross Atkins, “He has the stuff to compete right now in the major leagues… It’s a matter of just being really consistent with it and building a full workload.”
Blue Jays top prospect Ricky Tiedemann has found himself on the Top 100 prospect list ranked at #100, joining three fellow Jays prospects.
With the MLB top prospect list recently going through some changes given the graduation of a few different prospects, Tiedemann has entered the Top 100 rankings list at #100, joining fellow Jays prospects Gabriel Moreno (#4), Orelvis Martinez (#31), and Jordan Groshans (#74).
While it may be jumping the gun to believe he will be joining the active roster this season, it wouldn’t be surprising if Tiedemann bests the 2024 MLB ETA and starts knocking on the big league door sometime next season.
It would be optimal for the left-hander to get a few reps in AA towards the end of this season to meet that 2023 goal but considering the current rotation is loaded with veteran talent and Atkins somewhat alluding to managing his innings, fans will have to wait and see what the rest of the season holds for the