Top pitching prospect Ricky Tiedemann promoted to High A Vancouver

According to Shi Davidi, 24-year-old right-handed pitcher Yosver Zulueta and 19-year-old left handed pitcher Ricky Tiedemann are being called up to High A Vancouver.

Rumblings are that Blue Jays prospects Yosver Zulueta and Ricky Tiedemann are being promoted to high-A Vancouver from low-A Dunedin after latest dominant outings.
Zulueta K’d 10 in 4.2 innings Thursday while Tiedemann K’d 10 in 5 innings last night.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 14, 2022

Yosver Zulueta:
Zulueta was an international free agent who signed in 2019, this is the 24-year-olds first full season. In June 2019, he underwent Tommy John surgery, missing the rest of that season as well as 2020.
After just three pitches in 2021, he tore his ACL, missing the entirety of his age 23 season. Which leads us to 2022.
The sample size is small, but he’s looked fantastic in his 12 innings pitched. He has a 3.00 ERA, but a much better FIP of 1.32. His BB/9 sits at 2.25, while his K/9 sits at an incredible 17.25. Interestingly, he had also balked four times and has hit four batters, while only walking three batters.

I don’t reckon he’ll be in Low A for long lol. pic.twitter.com/CunBsEhEUz
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) April 28, 2022

Now, the domination is to be expected as it’s a man against boys, as Class A players tend to be teenagers. However, he has a 70 grade fastball according to both MLB Pipeline and Fangraphs, as it touches 100 mph with movement.

Men against boys out there. Zulu’s slider paired with his high 90s/low 100s fastball is DANGEROUS. pic.twitter.com/XGH7JICcws
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) April 28, 2022

MLB Pipeline also notes “It’s not out of the question that he sky …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays have signed LHP Andrew Vasquez to a big league deal

It was announced by Shi Davidi that the Toronto Blue Jays signed left-handed reliever, Andrew Vasquez to a big-league deal.

Lefty Andrew Vasquez signing a big-league deal with Blue Jays, per industry source.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) March 12, 2022

The 28-year-old has only pitched six-and-two-thirds innings in the big league, all as a reliever. The largest sample size, if you can call it that, came in 2018, where he pitched 5 innings for the Twins. While the ERA was inflated to 5.40, his FIP sat at a solid 3.36 and he had an impressive K/9 of 12.60.
In 2021, he pitched a measly 1.2 innings, but struck out three in that time frame.
Digging deeper into his minor league numbers, we can see that he definitely has potential. Vasquez pitched in Triple A for the majority of the season, where he posted a 3.54 ERA in 48 1/3 innings pitched, 42 1/3 of them with the Twins farm team. The 28-year-old’s FIP was an elevated 4.17 in his 42 1/3 innings pitched with the Twins’ Triple A team, but his xFIP sat at a much better 3.34.
While expected stats aren’t great to use after the season, one important stat that is used in xFIP is the HR/FB ratio. Vasquez’s ratio sat at 29.4%, which is incredibly unsustainable, especially looking at those numbers during any other season.
This is a low-risk, high reward type signing, let’s see if it pays off!
Also: WELCOME TO TRANSACTION SZN LETS GOOOOOO!!!!
As always, you can follow me on Twitter @Brennan_L_D. I’ll be doing the majority of the news articles that are coming up, so hopefully, the Jays will trade for Jose …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Apparently the Blue Jays could be open to moving Lourdes Gurriel for pitching

When I wrote earlier today about Shi Davidi mentioning how teams around the league are kicking tires on Toronto’s young crop of catchers, I briefly mentioned how he cryptically brought up Lourdes Gurriel’s name in the discussion.

The interesting part here comes in the third paragraph, in which Davidi explicitly says that Toronto’s young catchers (I imagine this would be Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire, but it could also involve names like Riley Adams and Alejandro Kirk in the minors) are garnering trade interest around the league. This comes after he offers a hypothetical situation in which the Jays trade Lourdes Gurriel after his strong-but-injury-shortened season in order to fill another position of need. I’m not sure there are any legs to the Gurriel thing beyond Davidi just offering an example, but the fact he suggests it and then says the young catchers are also garnering interest is somewhat interesting.
I figured there might be something to it, but really wanted to avoid being so desperate for off-season content that I wrote a post on the usage of the word also. Anyways, Scott Mitchell reported on Twitter today that Gurriel, in fact, is out there in …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays have a lot of catcher depth they could capitalize on

According to Shi Davidi, the Blue Jays could be exploring other avenues beyond free agency in order to upgrade their starting rotation. Specifically, they could sell high from a position of strength, such as their bevy of young catchers, in order to find more pitching.

I already touched on Davidi’s point in the Daily Duce on Saturday, but, since nothing else is going on right now, it’s probably worth a deeper exploration. Here’s what he said…
First, they’re looking at this week’s acquisition of righty Chase Anderson from the Milwaukee Brewers as a floor for the starting rotation, rather than a ceiling, an injection of stable innings providing a base while more impactful arms – at least one and up to three – are pursued.
Second, anything GM Ross Atkins and company have planned on the position player side is tied, to a degree, to what they do on the pitching end of things, and to how much more runway they want to provide to the players they already have in-house.
For example, if they traded someone like Lourdes Gurriel Jr. for a starting pitcher, they’d then need to suddenly jump into the free-agent market for …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation