Jays Journal's Top 30 Blue Jays Prospects - 2024 Midseason Update

Ricky Tiedemann
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1. Ricky Tiedemann- AAA (Previous Rank: 1)
21 y.o / LHP / SP

Tiedemann has been locked in as the best prospect in the system for over a year now and that isn't going to change today. He's still the most talented with the most potential thanks to a potent 3 pitch mix. He throws a 94-97 MPH fastball from a low arm slot. The pitch has a ton of run on it, making it a weak-contact machine when he locates it. Tiedemann's best pitch might be his low 80s sweeper. It's a devastating offering for left-handed hitters and he can back-door it against righties with ease. The southpaw throws a mean changeup as well. He likes to go to it more late in his outings and I'd like to see him utilize it more if anything.

The gripe with Tiedemann continues to be health and durability. He was banged up with a hamstring injury in spring training and seems to have survived an elbow scare. Tiedemann has struggled to find the same control of the strike zone as he had when he was healthy over a consistent stretch back in 2022. Posting every 6 days is a good starting point for getting him back on ace-trajectory. As of writing, Tiedemann is on rehab-assignment and has looked great.