Blue Jays promote top pitching prospect to Double-A

SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: Starting pitcher AFL West All-Star, Nate Pearson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a warm-up pitch during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: Starting pitcher AFL West All-Star, Nate Pearson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a warm-up pitch during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted top pitching prospect Nate Pearson to Double-A New Hampshire following another dominant outing in High-A.

Nate Pearson left little doubt that he was more than ready for his well-timed promotion after going 3-0 with a minuscule 0.86 earned run average fanning 35 hitters in 21 innings of work this season with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League.

During his six starts, Pearson only walked three batters and allowed two runs both of them coming on solo home runs to Chad Sedio and Edgar Cabral. The 22-year old only made one appearance last season after being plagued by injuries.

Pearson missed the first month of the 2018 campaign with an oblique injury and then in his first start following the injury, he was struck by a line drive that broke his right ulna bone in his throwing arm essentially closing the book on his season.

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The hurler did make six starts in the Arizona Fall League in an attempt to iron out the kinks before heading into 2019. With last season behind him, Pearson is poised to climb the minor league ranks in short order.

If Pearson can get off to a good start in Double-A, the young pitcher could find himself in Buffalo before the end of the summer. The big right-hander is the third-ranked prospect and top-ranked arm in the Blue Jays farm system by MLB.com

Pearson is going to be an integral part of the Jays future rotation and has the repertoire and make-up to be a legitimate ace on that squad. Eric Pardinho (4th), Adam Kloffenstein (7th) and Sean Reid-Foley (8th) are the other top 10 ranked arms in the system.

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Keep an eye on Pearson’s progress as he continues to shoot up the minor league ranks. The ace is destined for super-stardom and should be north of the border sooner than later.

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