Ricky Tiedemann Throws On Saturday
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Tiedemann (shoulder) took the mound for a side pitching session on Saturday. The left-hander says he feels good after experiencing shoulder soreness a few days ago. It sounds like the plan is for Tiedemann to throw another bullpen session within the next few days. The 20-year-old is currently ranked No. 32 in MLB Pipeline top prospects. Last season, Tiedemann finished with a 2.17 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 117 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings over 18 starts between three different levels. He still needs some more developing in the minors, but has a bright future ahead of him.Mar 19 · Source via Blue Jays Ricky Tiedemann prospects
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Has Double In Return To Lineup
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in his return to the Grapefruit League lineup on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the team's 7-1 win. Guerrero missed around two weeks in camp due to some minor knee soreness, but he returned on Wednesday and should be just fine for Opening Day in a few weeks. The 24-year-old slugger will continue to fine tune his skills at the plate in Grapefruit League contests over the next several weeks. He's currently hitting .308 (4-for-13) with a double, two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored in six spring games. Guerrero is RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy first baseman.Mar 16 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Could Rejoin Team Dominican Republic
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) said he's open to rejoining Team Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic now that he's past his knee injury. Guerrero said a decision will be made after a conversation with Toronto's manager and general manager. The 23-year-old returned to the Grapefruit League lineup on Wednesday after taking some time off in camp due to knee inflammation, but he's back in action now. It remains to be seen if the Blue Jays will give him the green light to play in the WBC. The most important thing is keeping Guerrero healthy for Opening Day in several weeks at the end of March. He'll be the top first baseman off the board in most fantasy drafts.Mar 15 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Back In The Lineup Wednesday
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) is back in the Grapefruit League lineup on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and right-hander JT Brubaker. Guerrero is playing first base and batting third in the lineup. It will be his first game action since being removed early on March 3 due to some minor knee inflammation. The Blue Jays have taken it slow with their star first baseman, but it's looking like Vladdy will be ready for Opening Day later this month, as long as he doesn't suffer a setback in the next couple of weeks. In one of the best lineups in baseball and in one of the more hitter-friendly home ballparks, Guerrero is RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy first baseman.Mar 15 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Bo Bichette Goes Off On Monday
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette flexed his muscles at the plate in Monday's 16-3 romp over the Boston Red Sox in Grapefruit League play. Bichette went 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored in the contest, and he's now hitting .393 (11-for-28) with three walks and five strikeouts on the spring. The 25-year-old plans to be more aggressive on the basepaths in 2023, and couple with his offensive abilities at a premium position, he remains extremely attractive to fantasy managers heading into his fifth MLB season. He led the league with 189 hits in 2022 and slashed .290/.333/.469 with an .802 OPS, 24 home runs, 93 RBI, 91 runs scored and 13 stolen bases in 697 plate appearances and 159 games for Toronto.Mar 14 · Source via Blue Jays Bo Bichette
Blue Jays Sign Ernie Clement To Minor League Deal
The Blue Jays have signed infielder Ernie Clement to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training, tweets Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. The A’s released Clement over the weekend. Clement, 27 next week, had gone 2-for-11 with a walk, a strikeout and a stolen base in camp with Oakland, who claimed him off…Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Cavan Biggio Ernie Clement Santiago Espinal
Blue Jays Notes: Stripling, Jansen, Kirk, Tiedemann
Ross Stripling played two and a half campaigns in Toronto after being acquired from the Dodgers in a 2020 deadline trade. The right-hander had a quality second full season as a Blue Jay, throwing 134 1/3 innings of 3.01 ERA ball over 32 outings (24 starts) last year. It was a well-timed return to his…Mar 13 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Diamondbacks Giants Chris Bassitt Brandon Belt Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Danny Jansen Alejandro Kirk Alek Manoah Gabriel Moreno Ross Stripling Ricky Tiedemann Daulton Varsho prospects
Orelvis Martinez Optioned To Minors
Toronto Blue Jays infielder Orelvis Martinez has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. The 21-year-old put together an impressive spring, hitting .267 with two home runs and six RBI. He shouldn't need to much more time in the minors before he's ready for the big league level. Last season, Martinez blasted 30 home runs with 76 RBI in 118 games in Double-A. However, he produced a .203/.286/.446 slash line, so there is still room for improvement. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues should keep an eye on Martinez this season.Mar 13 · Source via Blue Jays Orelvis Martinez prospects
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Should Return To Lineup In A Few Days
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) should be fine to return to the Grapefruit League lineup in a few days after his baserunning session went well over the weekend. It sounds like the knee worry is almost behind him. Guerrero is dealing with right knee inflammation, but the Blue Jays were taking a cautionary approach with their best player in spring training. The 23-year-old should be ready for the start of the 2023 regular season and should still be considered the No. 1 first baseman in upcoming fantasy drafts.Mar 13 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To Run The Bases Sunday
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) will run the bases on Sunday, according to manager John Schneider. Guerrero has been hitting and doing defensive drills recently, and all has been going well with his knee. The 23-year-old has been dealing with some minor knee inflammation, but the Blue Jays aren't taking any chances, and Guerrero also dropped out of the World Baseball Classic as a result. As long as he doesn't suffer another setback, he should be ready for Opening Day. If everything goes well with his running on Sunday, Guerrero should be back in the Grapefruit League lineup at some point next week. He is RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy first baseman.Mar 11 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Brandon Belt Making Spring Debut As DH
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) is making his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Austin Voth, serving as the designated hitter while batting third in the lineup. Belt has been delayed in camp this spring after having surgery on his right knee last September. He limped to a .213/.326/.350 slash line with a career-low .676 OPS, eight home runs, 23 RBI and 25 runs scored in only 298 plate appearances and 78 games in his 12th season with the San Francisco Giants last year. Hopefully the 34-year-old left-handed hitter can stay healthier as the primary DH for Toronto in 2023 against right-handed pitching. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too optimistic on Belt at this point in his career, but he's worth a late-round flier in a much more hitter-friendly park and in a better lineup.Mar 11 · Source via Blue Jays Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt Takes Live Swings On Friday
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) was able to take live batting practice on Friday. This is just one step closer for Belt to get back into game action. The organization is hopeful that Belt can make his Grapefruit league debut at some point this upcoming week. The 34-year-old has been brought along slowly after undergoing knee surgery in September. The expectation is that Belt is going to be ready to play in time for Opening Day.Mar 10 · Source via Blue Jays Brandon Belt
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Likely To Face Live Pitching Friday
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) took some ground balls and hit again on Thursday, and he'll likely face live pitching on Friday and go from there. The good news is that he's feeling good, according to manager John Schneider. The Blue Jays are taking things slowly in camp with the 23-year-old after he experienced some right knee inflammation recently. It's definitely something to keep an eye on, but as long as he doesn't have any setbacks, he'll have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day at the end of March. Guerrero is RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy first baseman heading into the 2023 campaign.Mar 9 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Mitch White To Throw Live BP Friday
Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Mitch White (shoulder) is set to throw live batting practice on Friday. He recently threw a 43-pitch bullpen and may even throw a few innings in spring training if all goes according to plan. White suffered a shoulder impingement over the offseason and is slowly ramping things up to become a full-time starter. The 28-year-old made 10 starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers and twirled a 3.95 FIP with 47 strikeouts. He was then sent to the Blue Jays in a four-player deal, where he spent the remainder of the season. He made eight starts and had a disastrous finish to his 2022 campaign with a 7.74 ERA. The Dodgers are known for their pitching development, and the Blue Jays can only hope that White finds similar success as a starter in the upcoming season.Mar 8 · Source via Blue Jays Mitch White
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Hits In Cages Wednesday
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) hit in the cages on Wednesday and did some light running and fielding work at spring training. There's no timeline on his return to Grapefruit League games, but it's possible that he'll play again next Wednesday. Guerrero is dealing with some right knee inflammation that isn't considered very serious, but the Blue Jays are being cautious with one of the best hitters in baseball. If he can avoid a setback, he should be ready for Opening Day at the end of March. The 23-year-old is RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy first baseman heading into the 2023 campaign.Mar 8 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Could Resume Swinging This Weekend
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (knee) continues to get treatment on his right knee and is feeling better every day, according to manager John Schneider. Guerrero could get back in the batting cages by the weekend. Guerrero is dealing with a sore right knee and is taking things slowly in camp. It's not a serious injury by any means, but the Blue Jays aren't going to rush him back to Grapefruit League action. The 23-year-old has a good shot of returning to game action at some point next week, and barring any setbacks once he returns, he should still be considered the top fantasy option at first base in 2023.Mar 7 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Whit Merrifield Back In Grapefruit League Lineup
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Whit Merrifield (quadriceps) is back in the starting lineup for the Grapefruit League game on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and right-hander Mitch Keller. He's starting at second base and batting leadoff. Merrifield suffered a right quadriceps injury last Thursday and hasn't played in a spring game since as a precaution. The 34-year-old is heading into his first full season with Toronto after being acquired from the Kansas City Royals in 2022. He was in serious decline in KC before the trade, but he hit .281 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 44 games with the Jays to close out the year. Merrifield has a better shot to rack up counting stats this year in a better lineup, but fantasy managers shouldn't bank on a return to his All-Star form.Mar 7 · Source via Blue Jays Whit Merrifield
Orelvis Martinez Blasts First Homer Of Spring
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop prospect Orelvis Martinez went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer on Sunday versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Martinez, 21, has now gone 2-for-6 in a small sample size this spring. Traditionally a shortstop, Martinez suited up at third base and that could potentially be his long-term position with shortstop Bo Bichette locked up for the next three years and third baseman Matt Chapman due to enter free agency following the season. Martinez has been one of the Blue Jays top prospects since signing with the organization in 2019 and a consensus top-100 prospect during that span. Despite going yard for 30 homers and 76 RBI in 2022 for Double-A New Hampshire, Martinez hit a career low .203 in 433 at-bats. The power is certainly there for the youngster, but he must improve his plate discipline before being promoted to the show. There is the chance that Martinez makes his big-league debut in 2023, but he may need an injury to Bitchette or Chapman for that to come to fruition. For now, Martinez is an exciting name for managers in redraft leagues to keep an eye on, but his best value is in dynasty leagues where he should be universally rostered.Mar 6 · Source via Blue Jays Orelvis Martinez prospects
Whit Merrifield Dealing With Quad Tightness
Toronto Blue Jays infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield (quadriceps) has been out of Grapefruit League games since Friday due to right quadriceps tightness. His injury is considered minor, but the Blue Jays are just being extra cautious with him. Merrifield went through a full workout on Saturday and has more than enough time left in camp to get ready for Opening Day. The 34-year-old was acquired from the Royals in 2022 and finished the season with a combined .250/.298/.375 slash line, career-low .673 OPS, 11 home runs, 58 RBI, 70 runs and 16 stolen bases in 139 games. The two-time All-Star was extremely disappointing with the Royals before the trade, but he finished better in Toronto and should have a bit more appeal in a much better lineup in Toronto over a full season. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect a full rebound, but Merrifield should be able to rack up some nice counting stats if he's Toronto's regular second baseman.Mar 5 · Source via Blue Jays Whit Merrifield