Blue Jays Minor League Report: Ricky Tiedemann with another strong rehab start, and more

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Cam Lewis
8 months ago
It was a good day for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, not just at the big-league level.
Let’s go through some of the stand-out performances from the organization’s minor-league system…

Ricky Tidemann has a dominant outing…

Top prospect Ricky Tidemann continued his rehab assignment with the Dunedin Blue Jays and turned out another dominant performance against Low-A hitters. The lefty tossed three scoreless innings and allowed one hit and zero walks while striking out nine.
Tidemann made just five starts with Double-A New Hampshire before the Blue Jays shut him down in early May because of a biceps injury. He missed over two months of play and returned to the mound on a rehab assignment in the Florida Complex League on July 21. Over three rehab appearances, Tiedemann has thrown eight scoreless innings with one walk and 15 strikeouts.
There was some optimism last off-season that Tiedemann could move through Double-A and Triple-A in 2023 and join the Blue Jays later in the season, but that seems unlikely now because of the time that he’s missed. There’s enough pitching depth at the big-league level that there’s no need for the Blue Jays to rush their most exciting young arm.

More Bisons are knocking on the door…

Davis Schneider was the star on Friday as he came up and smacked a home run over the Green Monster in his first at-bat at the Major League level. Might there be some other players on the Triple-A Bisons who could come up and spark Toronto’s offence?
Addison Barger hit a three-run home run in Buffalo’s 7-6 win over Lehigh Valley while Spencer Horwitz went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs driven in.
Since returning from an elbow injury that sidelined him for over a month, Barger has slashed a .241/.366/.473 line for the Bisons. He’s started to really heat up lately, as the lefty has two home runs and a double over this three-game series with Lehigh Valley. The three hits by Horwitz pushed his batting Triple-A average and OPS up to .320 and .900 respectively.

Other minor-league notes…

  • Michael Turconi came into the Vancouver Canadians game against the Hillsborough Hops and drew a walk, which extended his on-base streak to 31 games. Toronto’s 15th-round pick from the 2022 draft has a .303 batting average and .924 OPS over 71 games in High-A this season. He also hit for the cycle earlier this week.
  • The Dominican Summer League Blue Jays beat the wheels off of the Baby Padres on Friday, winning by a score of 18-5. The star of the game for the Blue Jays was Enmanuel Bonilla, a power-hitting centrefielder who they signed to a $4.1 million contract in this winter’s international free agency period. Bonilla went 4-for-7 with a home run and he drove in six.


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