The Futures Game took place Sunday night in Cleveland and the best young prospects in the game were on full display.
This included Blue Jays’ top pitching prospect, Nate Pearson who absolutely stole the show.
The 2017 1st round pick touched triple digits a few times which is not unchartered territory for Florida native. Although Pearson was a little banged up to start the year, he has since done nothing but turn heads each and every time he gets on the bump. Pearson currently sits with a 3-2 record, a 2.39era, 67 punchouts in only 49 innings and the best part is he’s only walked 8 batters and given up 3 dingers. Let me remind you he hits 101mph on the regular and his delivery is so fluid there is not a lot of stress on his arm.
Pearson generates a lot of his power from his lower half and has the ability to remain healthy in this game. He’s K’d batters at every level as over the span of 124.1 professional innings he’s collected 150 strikeouts.
I’m noticing a trend here…
It’s likely that the Blue Jays are going to wait until the rosters expand in September to call up Pearson, however, trading a guy like Marcus Stroman could open up some innings for Pearson in the show. The team has Ryan Borucki coming back as well, and Sean Reid-Foley is bound for another look. Trent Thornton just impressed again in his last start of the first half. Add Pearson to the mix, and if the team can somehow manage to get Aaron Sanchez back together, these 5 could make up the rotation for years to come.
Last night, the future was now for the Blue Jays, and Pearson made his case for the bright lights and big cities. The smile at the end once he heard his Mom yelling, is what it’s all about.
Have a look at each of his strikeouts. pic.twitter.com/iqQXpC7Ydy
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 8, 2019