Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Nate Pearson is making professional baseball look easy after fanning ten Spokane hitters during the Vancouver Canadians first postseason game.
The Jays selected Nate Pearson with the 28th overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft from Central Community College in Florida. The big right-hander has been nothing short of dominant in his first taste of pro ball with the Vancouver Canadians.
Pearson made 8 regular season starts and did not yield a run until his final start of the season versus the Boise Hawks where he was touched up for two runs. His final line featured a 0.90 earned average while striking out 26 in only 20 innings of work.
The 21-year old got the nod for the Canadians first playoff game versus the Spokane Indians two nights earlier and picked up right where he left off fanning 10 in only 4 innings leading Vancouver to a 2-1 victory.
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It was thought Pearson could be a top 10 pick coming into the draft, however, teams were hesitant to take the early plunge on the hurler due to his medical records. During his high school career, Pearson had a screw inserted in his right pitching elbow. It does not pose a problem currently but teams felt it may down the road and steered clear of the Odessa, Florida native.
The 6’6″, 245 lbs Pearson has the prototypical power pitcher frame and can get the ball over 100 mph when he needs a little something extra. Look for the former college pitcher to be a fast track candidate through the system if he continues to mow down the opposition. There is a good chance Pearson make the jump and begin the 2018 season in High-A ball with Dunedin.
Pearson joins the long list of blue chip prospects the Blue Jays have marinating in the minors as they effectively continue to build via the draft. As for now, the hurler is focussed on leading his short season Canadians to a Northwest League title.