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Blue Jays’ Nate Pearson receives rave reviews from General Manager

Toronto Blue Jays gloves are set for play near the dugout before play against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays April 5, 2005 at Tropicana Field. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Toronto Blue Jays gloves are set for play near the dugout before play against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays April 5, 2005 at Tropicana Field. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** /
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Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Nate Pearson had himself a good week after being named to the Baseball America Top 100 prospect list and then receiving glowing reviews from Jays General Manager Ross Atkins in a radio interview earlier yesterday.

Nate Pearson slid into the 91st spot on the most recent Baseball America rankings even after just 8 professional appearances following his 1st round, 28th selection overall in last summers amateur draft.

Then if that wasn’t enough Ross Atkins had high praise for the 21-year-old with the electric stuff on a recent interview on the Fan 640.  The GM commented that he was impressed with the how far the hurler has come in a short period of time and compared Pearson to an early Bartolo Colon who Atkins spent time in the minors with.

Atkins went one step further and rattled off a number of qualities they like as an organization about Pearson. It would appear the GM is a little smitten by the new Jays pitching prospect and for good reason, Pearson has been nothing short of dominant since signing with the Jays.

"Man, the stuff, the power, the character, the makeup, the athleticism, there is nothing not to like, we couldn’t be more pleased and absolutely do value the industry see him that way."

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Pearson had a flawless start to his professional career racking up a minuscule 0.90 earned run average in 20 innings of work. He surrendered only 2 runs in 8 starts and struck out 26 batters in his first taste of pro ball. He also led the Vancouver Canadians to another Northwest League title with two impressive playoff outings where he only surrendered a run in 8 innings of work.

After hearing how much Atkins values the big right-hander, it is pretty safe to assume Pearson won’t be on the table for any on-going trade talks with opposing GM’s in the near future.

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The future is bright on the Blue Jays farm these days as the new front office regime continue to churn out quality prospects and draft responsibly.

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