Every Friday is the same.
As the weekend begins, baseball fans flood into Nat Bailey Stadium, home of the Vancouver Canadians, or one of five other Northwest League ballparks to get their fix of High-A baseball.
When Ricky Tiedemann takes the hill, though, the crowd gets a major-league showcase for a minor-league price. With his socks tucked high, the left-hander struts his massive 6-foot-4 frame around the mound with an air of confidence and elegance that greatly exceeds his pedigree at just 19 years old.
His delivery is fluid; his pitches are devastating, and Tiedemann repeats his dominance once a week. The Toronto Blue Jays prospect already has the attitude of a big-leaguer. He’s confident, but never cocky. Tiedemann described himself as “stone-faced” between the chalked lines, meaning you’d never know the quality of his outing by the look on his face.
The thing is, Tiedemann has yet to have a bad performance in his first 11 professional starts. After slicing his way through hitters at the Low-A level, the lefty earned a promotion to Vancouver, where he’s done more of the same, posting an 0.38 ERA with 35 strikeouts through 23.2 innings.
A third-round draft pick by Toronto in 2021, Tiedemann was left off the top-100 prospect leaderboards to begin the season. With each excellent start, though, his hype has increased. Now Tiedemann sits as the Blue Jays’ fourth-best prospect and the 95th-best up-and-comer in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline.
Very quickly, Tiedemann has evolved into the Blue Jays’ most valuable pitching prospect. For those who know him best, however, his rapid development comes as no surprise.
“I knew he was going to be something special,” said Tai Tiedemann, Ricky’s older brother.
Like Ricky, Tai pursued a career in professional baseball and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2016. As Tai ramped up his workload as a pitcher in the Rangers…