“With the expiration of contracts between left-handers Ryu Hyun-jin and Kikuchi Yusei… ”
Major League fastball prospects are like springs that never run dry. A left-handed fireball prospect has emerged, making the Toronto Blue Jays excited. Fastball prospect Nate Pearson, who was once designated as Ryu Hyun-jin’s successor, failed in practice. Besides, he is right-handed. Alec Manoa, who finished third in Cy Young voting last year, is also a right-hander and has struggled this season.안전놀이터
In this situation, the left-handed fireballer Ricky Tiderman (21), whom Toronto expects, is growing rapidly. Tiderman, born in 2002, was selected by Toronto in the third round of the 2021 draft. He is up to Double-A. 5 wins, 5 losses, 2.56 ERA in 22 games over the past two years.
Jace Journal, which covers Toronto in fan-side, ranked Tiderman in 5th place on the 28th (Korean time) as a top 10 prospect in Toronto. The Jace Journal said, “If the draft were to go through again, I would have been easily picked in the first round. It seems to be quite a gem. His performance, which went through three stages from single A to double A in just one year, is exceptional. It seems unstoppable.”
In fact, Live Sports Producer Chris Black compared the best pitches of Toronto pitchers on his Twitter last year. Tiderman said he shot 98.3 miles (about 158.2 km) last year, and he said he was faster with the ball than Toronto’s existing major league pitchers.
However, Tiderman has not thrown the ball recently. He started the season in New Hampshire, where he was placed on the injured list with biceps infection. He’s not good this season with a 4.97 earned run average with one loss in four games. His last actual fight was on 5 May. The Jays Journal said, “Toronto will give him the time he needs to recover from his injury. I will try to refocus him on getting back to the top.”
At the same time, the Jace Journal said, “If he continues to grow and develop, he will become the first ace-level left-handed starting pitcher to grow in Toronto since Ricky Romero in the 2010s. As the contracts of Ryu Hyun-jin and Yusei Kikuchi are about to expire this season and next season, it seems that he will soon become the core of Toronto’s starting lineup.”
Anyway, it is true that Ryu Hyun-jin is a losing year for Toronto. It is natural to look to the future, and in that respect, it is natural to expect from left-handed fireball Tiderman. Ryu Hyun-jin’s four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto ends at the end of this season.