Ricky Tiedemann remains Blue Jays only top 100 MLB prospect, but is moving up
By Edward Eng
This past weekend, the MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospect rankings were updated to reflect any changes in the qualification of players on the list. In particular, those prospects that had actually made the Opening Day roster on their respective teams would have surpassed the 45-day rookie threshold if they remained with the team, and therefore, would no longer be part of the MLB prospects list.
St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Jordan Walker is No. 1 on the list despite making his major league debut last month, as he was later sent back down to the minors near the end of April due to his defensive struggles in the outfield. He had began the year on fire, tying the record for consecutive games with a hit to start a season for a rookie aged 20 years or younger with twelve; however, he started to cool off after the run, as well as showing some defensive flaws in the outfield, as he is a third baseman by trade.
The Toronto Blue Jays' top prospect Ricky Tiedemann remains the only Blue Jay ranked in the top 100 and comes in at No. 26. He has moved up six spots from No. 32 at the start of the year, despite having some rough outings and struggling with command in his past two starts. In addition, he is currently on the IL and is week-to-week with left biceps inflammation. For the season, Tiedemann is 0-1 in four starts with a 4.97 ERA, 1.263 WHIP, with seven walks and 23 strikeouts with the Jays’ Double-A affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Despite also having strong prospects in Brandon Barriera, Yosver Zulueta, and Orelvis Martinez, they have all yet to crack the Top 100 for 2023. The last time the Jays had more than three prospects in the Top 100 would go all the way back to 2019 when Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Danny Jansen, Nate Pearson, and Eric Pardinho all made the list. This may be a bit worrisome, as this reflects the Jays prospect pipeline potentially lacking the ability to quickly and effectively replenish the big league roster when certain Jays’ players hit free agency at the end of the 2023 season. As a result, this may ultimately put a little more pressure on Jays’ management to maintain a strong, contending team in the near future by looking at retaining players or external sources, rather than an internal solution.