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Tiedemann goes 1 1/3 innings against Phillies

Ricky Tiedemann Toronto Blue Jays Ricky Tiedemann - The Canadian Press

Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Ricky Tiedemann allowed one earned run in 1.1 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday in his spring training debut.

The 21-year-old allowed two hits and struck out two in his inning and change of work, throwing 26 pitches. Tiedemann allowed a double in the first inning on a catchable ball that left fielder Daulton Varsho lost in the sun and was chased from the game after Nick Castellanos took him deep and over the right field wall for a solo home run.

Tiedemann was sitting between 96 and 97 MPH with his fastball and touched 99 on one occasion. 

The Long Beach, Calif., native was delayed by a hamstring injury earlier in spring training. He is expected to start the 2024 season in the minors. 

The Blue Jays went on to win Saturday's game 13-5.

Ranked as the Blue Jays' top prospect on TSN's Top 50 list released in January, Tiedemann is looking to build off a 2023 season where he threw a total of 44.0 innings across four minor league levels. Tiedemann had a 3.68 ERA in 15 outings last year, all of them starts. 

The Blue Jays continue their spring schedule Monday with split-squad games against the Baltimore Orioles. They open the 2024 regular season on March 28 in Tampa against the Rays.