The Blue Jays have something of an underrated farm system. Most prospect evaluators believe their group is in the lower half of the league. Depending on how individual people view prospects, this can vary. With a handful of top-shelf pitching prospects in the high minors and quality position player depth, things look promising the deeper you look.
Today, we're going to check out 8 Blue Jays prospects whose MLB debuts should be coming sometime in the 2024 regular season.
Ricky Tiedemann (MLB Pipeline #1, JaysProspectus #1)
Tiedemann is a 21-year-old left-handed starting pitcher and the consensus top prospect in the Blue Jays system. He pitched primarily at Double-A but made one start at Triple-A and also pitched in the Arizona Fall League. The southpaw shot up the rankings after a dominant 2.17 ERA campaign in 2022 that spanned across three levels in the minor. The conventional results were not quite as impressive for him in 2023 (3.68 ERA) but his peripheral stats tell a different story. He struck out batters at an enormous rate (16.8 strikeouts per 9 innings) and prevented high quality contact as hitters had just a .237 SLG% and .540 OPS against him. He did struggle with giving out free passes but by all accounts his 2023 was an unlucky one.
The southpaw has an elite pitch mix that plays above the sum of it's parts thanks to tunneling and his deceptive low slot from the left side. He throws a mid-90s fastball with arm side run, a sweeping slider, and a dominant changeup. There's a whole lot more about Tiedemann's pitching profile here. He struggled with injuries this year as he dealt with shoulder soreness in Spring Training and also missed significant time due to a bicep issue. The injuries seem to have affected his strike-throwing ability and getting his mechanics synced up will be a point of emphasis heading into next year.
How far Tiedemann goes will depend on his strike throwing progression and how durable he proves to be but he has the make-up of a potential ace. He's unlikely to push for a rotation spot out of Spring Training but could be one of the first men up in the event of an injury or performance related change. Assuming good health, expect to see Tiedemann by summer 2024.