Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Nate Pearson needs to be in the rotation this season.
The Blue Jays will have a decision to make on the status of Nate Pearson and how they utilize his services for the upcoming 60-game season. With no minor-league season available, Pearson will need to get his innings in at the major league level.
The flame thrower could literally slide into the rotation and make 10 starts for the team right out of the gate. His service time is still an issue, however, it appears if he remains off the team for approximately a week, that should buy the Blue Jays and extra season.
Pearson has only thrown 123.1 innings over the past three seasons in the minors due to injuries so sitting out the season is out of the question. Could the Blue Jays opt for a six-man rotation and slide the 23-year old into that way?
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He tossed seven spring training innings prior to the shutdown fanning 11 while surrendering just one run. Skipper Charlie Montoyo and company could opt to use Pearson out of the bullpen but the hurler may not get enough innings of work in a shortened season.
With Pearson in the rotation, it gives Toronto a fighting chance out of the gate and the capability to do some damage in the AL East. Pearson and Hyun-Jin Ryu would be an impressive one-two combo at the top of the rotation coupled with Chase Anderson, Matt Shoemaker, Tanner Roark, and one of Ryan Borucki or Trent Thornton.
The Blue Jays will be afforded the option to carry a larger active roster of 26-30 players along with a reserve of up to 60 players in 2020.
It will be interesting to see what other players the brain trust deem worthy of a look as opposed to not playing at all. Pearson will definitely be around, we just don’t know in what capacity.