The Arizona Fall League was all about Vlad Jr. but Blue Jays’ top pitching prospect Nate Pearson also made an impression on fans and scouts around baseball.
He was one of 10 prospects who stood out in the Arizona Fall League, according to MLB Pipeline’s Mike Rosenbaum:
After leaving his 2018 debut after just 1 2/3 innings with a fractured right ulna that he suffered on a comeback line drive, Pearson was understandably rusty early in the AFL, showing little feel for repeating the arm action on his triple-digit fastball, and even less so with his secondary offerings. He turned the corner in the Fall Stars Game, when he absurdly (and legitimately) topped out at 104 mph while striking out the side, and he was brilliant in his subsequent start, tossing four perfect frames while mixing an elite heater with a plus slider and above-average curveball. Between the two outings, he showed the highest ceiling of any pitcher I saw this fall.
There’s more! Here’s a cool video from Jason Woodell, one of the guys from Prospects Live. The video works through all four of Pearson’s pitches showed during his time during the AFL…
Here is a look at Nate Pearson's arsenal. Slow mo with release points— Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame) November 14, 2018
FB occassionally cuts and runs 96-99
SL - 86 -90 mph with tilt
CH - 88-90, flashes fade and depth
CV - 77 flashes 12-6#BlueJays pic.twitter.com/91BPmU5XYu
And then Pitch Ninja made this overlay video with his fastball and changeup…
Nate Pearson, Fastball and Changeup, Overlay/Slow pic.twitter.com/9TNQoQA4rr— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) November 14, 2018
I have a feeling Pearson is going to be next year’s version of CALL HIM UP like Vlad was this year. We shall see!