We are midway through the month of June and the Blue Jays are seeing some of their pitching prospects start to make some noise to be the next Alek Manoah. With that being the case, I thought I would give you a look at how each of the Blue Jays’ top pitching prospects are faring on their climb to the Major Leagues.
Ricky Tiedemann – Vancouver Canadians
The Blue Jays used their second pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, which was in the third round last year, to draft Ricky Tiedemann and sign him to a nearly $645,000 signing bonus, which at this point looks to be a steal. Tiedemann is listed as the organization’s top pitching prospect and fourth overall jumped into the Top 100 of MLB Top Prospects with their new rankings in May.
Tiedemann started the season in Single-A Dunedin and after posting a 3-1 record over six starts and striking out 49 batters in just 30 innings, the 6’4”, the left-hander was called-up to the Vancouver Canadians mid-way through May.
Tiedemann was very impressive in his first start with the Canadians as he allowed just one earned run over 4.2 innings pitched and was even better in each of his next three appearances.
In his last three starts, Tiedemann has pitched a combined 15 innings, striking out 24 batters, without surrendering an earned run and walking just one, while allowing just seven hits. Over two levels of baseball this season, Tiedemann is 5-1 with a 1.27 ERA and 0.725 WHIP while averaging 14.0 strikeouts per nine innings. With Gabriel Moreno now with the Blue Jays, Tiedemann is one prospect to get excited and watch climb the Minor Leagues over the next season or two.