Blue Jays: 3 biggest storylines through 3 weeks of Spring Training
From the time pitchers and catchers report, to the first game of Grapefruit League action and the final roster announcements, a lot can happen over the course of Spring Training.
Here are the three biggest storylines from the first half of the Blue Jays' camp.
No. 3: Ricky Tiedemann makes his spectacular debut
Top prospect Ricky Tiedemann made waves in camp and dazzled in his first Grapefruit League outing.
When the 20-year-old phenom arrived in camp, all eyes were on him. Even veterans like Kevin Kiermaier took notice.
Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reported that Tiedemann left a strong impression on the Jays' new center fielder after an early intra-squad game. Kiermaier exclaimed he was "blown away" by the talent of the young lefty.
"I'm going to remember that name, and everyone else in the baseball world needs to as well. He's going to be around for a long time and he's going to be dominating. I can almost guarantee that right now."- Kevin Kiermaier, via Mike Wilner
Tiedemann sparkled in his Grapefruit League debut and showed why there's so much excitement around his meteoric rise. He needed only 12 pitches to dominate the Tigers. He rang up two strikeouts, including a 99 mph punchout of Javier Báez.
Fans clamoring for his inclusion on the Opening Day roster were brought back down to earth after his second so-so outing.
With some minor shoulder soreness that shut the southpaw down following his second appearance, Tiedemann finished his time in the big league camp with a 6.00 ERA, four strikeouts and a walk in three innings.
He was finally, and inevitably, sent down to minor league camp in the team's first round of roster cuts.
As a non-roster invitee who only pitched up to Double-A last season, it was a long shot for Tiedemann to make the Opening Day roster, but he provided the team and fans a glimpse of things to come.