Top Blue Jays prospect Ricky Tiedemann leads Arizona Fall League in strikeouts following strong outing

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Cam Lewis
1 month ago
Ricky Tiedemann made his third start in the Arizona Fall League over the weekend and put together another strong performance.
The 21-year-old lefty allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk over three innings of work and struck out five batters. He now leads the AFL in strikeouts with 18 through 13 innings pitched.
Keith Law of The Athletic attended several AFL games last week, including Tiedemann’s start on Saturday. Law noted that he saw a combination of the high-quality stuff that makes Tiedemann a top-level pitching prospect and some delivery issues that make him high-risk.
“Tiedemann was 93-98 mph across his three innings on Saturday, punching out five and allowing just one walk. His slider was 78-83 but varied some in shape, while he showed good run on an 82-83 mph changeup that gives him a true three-pitch mix to be a starter. The slider can be pretty big, but the changeup was the better pitch in this particular outing.
It’s a low 3/4 arm slot and he looked stiffer this year than when I saw him in early September of 2022, while his shoulder is still pretty open at release, all of which would seem to put more pressure on his upper arm to help generate that big velocity while possibly inhibiting his command as well. You have to develop a guy like this as a starter if his health allows it, especially since he has the pitches to get hitters on the opposite side out, but I have concerns about whether he can hold up and throw enough strikes to get there.”
The Blue Jays selected Tiedemann in the third round of the 2021 draft after one season of pitching at the junior college level. Tiedemann had an incredible professional debut in 2022, posting a 2.17 ERA over 78 2/3 innings across Low-A, High-A, and Double-A.
His 2023 season was limited to just 44 innings because of a biceps injury, which is why Tiedemann is among the names that the Blue Jays sent to Arizona to continue playing in the fall. Tiedemann figures to start 2024 with Triple-A Buffalo and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him make his Blue Jays debut at some point during the season.


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