Blue Jays Minor League Report: Ricky Tiedemann is close to returning, Brandon Barriera is back on the injured list, and more!
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3 months ago
There may be no games to cover, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t minor league news to talk about!
A left-handed pitcher returns to action, while another left-handed pitcher goes down with injury. Moreover, the Blue Jays signed an interest right-handed pitcher.
Let’s dig in.
The Blue Jays best prospect went down with an injury in early May, and has been working his way back for the past month. Well, it’s reported that the 20-year-old left-handed pitcher will return to New Hampshire this week at some point.
This is season in Double-A, Tiedemann has a 4.97 ERA and a 1.51 FIP. Walks were an issue with New Hampshire, as he had a 13 BB% (the highest at any level), but his K% of 42.6% is off the charts.
With the rehab starts included, Tiedemann has a 3.05 ERA and a 0.81 FIP in 20.2 innings pitched, along with a 51.2 K% and a 10 BB%. Just bonkers stats.
Brandon Barriera shut-down again:
From good news to bad news. The Blue Jays first rounder from 2022 has been shutdown once again with an injury.
It’s been a tough debut season for the 19-year-old left-handed pitcher, as he has a 4.42 ERA and a 3.24 FIP In 18.1 innings pitched with the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays. The first injury was due to an elbow injury this time, it’s due to bicep soreness, similar to Tiedemann’s shutdown in May.
Barriera has done a great job striking out batters in his first season, as he has a 31.5 K% at the lowest full-season level. His BB% of 11% is high, but when he’s been healthy, he’s been good.
Blue Jays sign Carson Pierce:
The Blue Jays signed University of Oklahoma reliever Carson Pierce to a non-drafted free agent deal.
Last season with U of O, the 21-year-old had a 3.94 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched, along with a 15.3 K% and a 10.2 BB%.
His community college strikeout stats are a bit more encouraging, as he had a 12.63 K/9 in 41.1 innings pitched with the Cowley Tigers in 2021-22. However, his ERA sat at 5.01.
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