As the Blue Jays are getting ready for their surge of young talent, another highly-ranked prospect moves up affiliates and is one step closer to making their big league debut.
#BlueJays RHP Nate Pearson (our No. 15 prospect) is getting the bump to Triple-A Buffalo. In 16 starts and 62.2 IP in Double-A, Pearson posted a 2.59 ERA with 69 strikeouts & 21 walks.
— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) August 18, 2019
As Carlos Collazo of Baseball America reports, the Bisons are bringing in Nate Pearson for their late-season push and the few remaining week in the MiLB schedule.
The Jays’ 2017 first-round selection has been unstoppable and pretty much unhittable during his first season for Double-A New Hampshire. Posting a 2.59 ERA though 62 and 2/3 innings and 16 total starts — he’s also striking-out batters at a 9.91 K/9 rate. He will be turning 23 later this month.
He has really burst onto the hot prospect scene this season with his insane inning during the Futures Game in Cleveland a couple months ago, where he was topping out at 102 MPH and was able to get 2 Ks. He’s currently ranked as Baseball America’s no. 15 prospect and is at 38 on Fangraphs’ THE BOARD with a 55 FV.
This season was extremely important for Pearson’s development. He was battling an injury last year, forcing him to miss the entire season except for one and 1/3 innings, but he has quickly shown why he’s rated as the Jays’ top pitching prospect.
Earlier this year in High-A Dunedin, Pearson had a total of 35 strikeouts in just 21 innings and more than earned his call-up to Double-A and has progressed ever since. Now he’s facing a new challenge in Triple-A and every single fan is hoping he blows batters out of the water so that he has a realistic shot to make his Blue Jays debut in 2020.
Another month and another Blue Jays prospect making some waves in the baseball world, what’s not to love.