Jays From the Couch drops in on 1st round Nate Pearson in Vancouver. The Blue Jays may have struck gold with the 28th pick
The Toronto Blue Jays used their 1st round, 28th overall, pick to select a 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher out of Junior College of Central Florida. Anytime you can draft a pitcher who routinely hits 100 mph with his fastball, it’s a good day. I’ve seen my share of pitchers with triple digit fastballs flame out because of injury, or a complete inability to locate, or the fastball was the only plus offering they had.
While it is still too soon to claim Nate Pearson is any different, the early results are impressive. Despite being 10 innings into his rookie season, Pearson has shown an ability to control his fastball. This has allowed him to rack up 14 strike outs and just one walk in his 5 starts.
Nate Pearson Stats
Pearson is no one trick pony. He spins a wipeout slider which flashes plus, a curve which he is still developing, and a plus change that he uses to keep hitters from sitting on his fastball.
In his last start on August 13th, Pearson helped the Vancouver Canadians defeat the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-4. Being on a pitch count, Pearson didn’t factor in the decision but was deserving of the win.
Nate Pearson struck out 5 of the first 6 batters he faced, striking out the side in the 1st. The 2nd inning started with a line out to right fielder Brandon Polizzi and ended with a pair of strike outs.
The 3rd inning started with another line out to Polizzi, followed by a walk, a strike out, and pick off to end the 6-foot-6 right-hander’s night.
In three innings of work, Pearson threw 31 of 47 pitches for strikes, walking one and striking out 6 of the 9 batters he faced.
The Blue Jays won’t over work the 20-yr-old from Odessa, Florida. This flamethrower had already tossed 81 innings prior to joining the Blue Jays organization. I don’t see Nate Pearson heading to the Midwest League to join the Lansing Lugnuts in 2017. The Vancouver Canadians have already qualified for the playoffs by winning the first half Northwest League North division and currently hold down first again in the 2nd half. Pearson and the C’s would both benefit from having Nate experience a playoff run.
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