Ominous Development For Top Blue Jays Prospect Ricky Tiedemann


The Toronto Blue Jays' top prospect, and the No. 1 left-handed pitching prospect in baseball, Ricky Tiedemann, is experiencing "elbow discomfort". Uh oh. He underwent an MRI and the team is holding its breath waiting for the results.

Tiedemann has had a tough time staying healthy since being selected in the third round of the 2021 MLB draft by the Blue Jays. Beat writer Shi Davidi told Sportsnet 590 Radio on Friday that he wants to "reserve judgement... (But) anytime someone like a Ricky Tiedemann has discomfort in his elbow, they're going to get an MRI. 

"I don't know that necessarily this is leading us to the worst outcome, but yeah, he needs to pitch, and he hasn't been able to stay on the field consistently the past couple of seasons, and anything that takes him off the mound is going to be counterproductive."

Tiedemann has thrown just eight innings this year with the AAA Buffalo Bisons, surrendering five earned runs for an ERA of 5.63. He also has a troubling 10:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The 21-year-old showed some of his immense promise during the Arizona Fall League, posting a 2.50 ERA in 18 innings with a 23:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Blue Jays are their fans anxiously await the results of Tiedemann's MRI.

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