Jays From The Couch No. 3 Prospect, Nate Pearson, Has Elite Level Pitches Already
It’s that time of year again! We’re counting down our Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects for 2019. We’ve selected our Top 20 and will be profiling each one. You are bound to find many of these lists in your travels, which makes for great conversation. The basis for rankings varies even more than the number of lists you’ll find. Some prefer to look at how close to “big league ready” a prospect is, while others look at “stuff” or “tools”. To construct our list, we have scoured over scouting reports, numbers and a lot more to finalize our 20179 Top Prospects list. Feel free to weigh in on each selection in the comment section! It’s part of the fun!
Nate Pearson is arguably one of the best pitching prospects the Blue Jays have had in their farm system since Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. He certainly deserves to be positioned here as one of the top-three best prospects in the Blue Jays’ system. So without further ado, here’s why you should get excited about the N0. 3 prospect on our list:
The 22-year-old was drafted by the Blue Jays during the first round (28th overall) of the 2017 Amateur Player Draft. He was selected out of Central Florida Community College, and the Florida-native signed with the Blue Jays shortly after he was drafted. Pearson was then assigned to the Blue Jays Gulf Coast league team.
Pearson appeared in just one game for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays, in his one inning of work he faced four batters and surrendered just a lone hit. The former first-round pick also recorded two strikeouts in his one inning of work. After he lit up the radar guns during his first appearance after being drafted just months before hand, the Blue Jays front office decided to promote him to the Vancouver Canadians.
The No. 3 ranked prospect spent the remainder of the 2017 season with the Canadians, and started in all of his seven appearances with the team. Pearson pitched in 19 innings of those seven games that he started in, and only gave up two runs on six hits. He also was able to make 24 of the 67 batters he faced swing and miss due to his fastball being able to reach beyond triple digits.
Scouts around MLB believe that Pearson’s fastball is already at an elite level. MLB.com ranks his fastball at 75 rating, along with his second-best pitch in his slider at a 55 rating. They also stated that his fastball and slider combination are the best in the entire Blue Jays system.
The one major thing that Pearson will need to develop before he reaches the major league level is his control with his pitches. Pearson’s big frame of 6′ 6″ is what allows him to create such a downhill angle towards the plate, which is how he’s able to throw his fastball in the 103-104 Mph range. He’ll need to reduce the amount of walks he surrenders, so that he will be able to reach the higher levels of the minor league system in a shorter amount of time.
Pearson was able to showcase all of his tools during the Arizona Fall League last year. He pitched in 20.1 innings in six starts, it was a slow start for him because he sustained a broken forearm earlier in the year that forced him to miss the majority of last season. Although, he was still able to record 23 strikeouts and two victories.
Pearson In 2019
Pearson started last season with the Dunedin Blue Jays, but only appeared in 1.2 innings before sustaining that broken forearm that forced him out for the remainder of the season. So, it’s likely that he will be assigned back to Dunedin to start the 2019 season.
But, if he can improve his control with his fastball and slider. Then, he will likely be promoted to either AA or AAA, depending on if the Blue Jays want to fast track his development to an eventual major league debut.
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My name is Thomas Hall. I’m a former graduate of Sheridan College. I’ve been writing for just over 2 years. My most recent writing stint came at The Sporster. I’m also a massive sports fan, obviously baseball and the Blue Jays are No. 1 for me. But, football, basketball and hockey aren’t far behind.