TLN Prospect #1: Matthew Knies wreaks havoc as a new breed power forward

The rise of Matt Knies has truly been a sight to behold over the past year.
Entering the 2021-22 season, expectations were fairly muted for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ top pick from the 2021 draft. He wasn’t a significant faller in the draft, having been projected to go in the range in which the Leafs selected him, and slotted a modest seventh on last summer’s TLN Prospect Rankings.
Knies was a notable break from previous Toronto selections, listed at 6-foot-3 and over 200 pounds, but there wasn’t major hype surrounding him heading into the season. That changed pretty quickly.
Matt Knies’ emergence as a borderline dominant presence in the NCAA as a freshman vaults him to the top spot on the TLN Prospect Rankings.
Matt Knies
LW | Minnesota (Big Ten) | Age: 19 | 6-foot-3 | 210 lbs | Shoots: LAcquired: 2021 Draft, 57th Overall | 2021 Ranking: #7
Before we get into the breakdown of Matt Knies’ game and why he is TLN’s top prospect, it’s important to understand the context of his draft-eligible season and why he was available in the back half of the second round.
For a full deep dive into this topic, I covered it last summer as an intriguing storyline heading into the year. Essentially, Knies was significantly impacted in the first half of the 2020-21 season by COVID. He dealt with the virus himself and his team, Tri-City, also had an uncertain schedule that was in c …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Ricky Tiedemann is reportedly getting called up to Double-A

The meteoric rise of Rickey Tiedemann continues.

According to Scott Mitchell, the Blue Jays’ third-round pick from the 2021 MLB Draft will make the jump to Double-A and will join the New Hampshire Fisher Cats…

After his Futures Game appearance Saturday, Ricky Tiedemann is done with High-A.His next start will be at Double-A New Hampshire, per source.From 91st overall a year ago to AA as a 19-year-old. Quite the story.#BlueJays
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) July 18, 2022

Tiedemann started off the season with Low-A Dunedin and absolutely dominated. He made six starts and allowed just six earned runs over 30 innings while striking out 14.7 batters per nine innings. That showing got him a quick call-up to High-A Vancouver, where he’s continued to put up results.
Through eight starts with the Canadians, Tiedemann has a 2.39 ERA and is striking out 12.9 batters per nine while walking 2.9 batters per nine. His last two outings have been a bit of a struggle, as he allowed seven earned runs over his last nine-and-two-thirds innings pitched in Vancouver.
Tiedemann’s last outing came on Saturday in the MLB Futures Game, in which he tossed a three up, three down inning on nine pitches.
Tiedemann turns 20 years old in August and is rocketing up the system fast enough that it really isn’t out of the question that he could join the Blue Jays as a bullpen weapon come September.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation