Blue Jays: Nate Pearson is refined and ready for 2020 season
The Toronto Blue Jays top pitching prospect has utilized the pandemic layoff to better himself on the bump.
According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, Blue Jays pitcher Nate Pearson appeared on a recent radio show and discussed how he has refined his slider, curve, changeup, and overall command during the recent stoppage.
The 23-year old spoke about being healthy and that he definitely has gotten better since we last saw him. That is definitely encouraging for the Blue Jays as Pearson was overpowering and dominant prior to the pandemic.
Pearson is expected to pitch in the majors at some point this season and has been added to the 60-man roster. It is speculated that the hurler will miss the first week or two to ensure the Jays capitalize on his service time.
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Pearson needs innings under his belt this season and the majors are the only show in town so it appears he will join the rotation sooner than later. Since turning pro in 2017, Pearson has only amassed 123.1 innings in the minor league ranks due to injuries.
Last season, the big right-hander tossed 101.2 between three levels posting a 2.30 earned run average while striking out an average of 10.5 batters per nine innings. Pearson left fans wanting more in limited action this spring fanning 11 in seven innings during Grapefruit League action.
Pearson has an opportunity to form a lethal 1-2 punch with fellow pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu at the top of the Jays rotation. During a shortened season, the squad from north of the border could surprise some and really generate some momentum heading into 2021.
For now, Pearson continues to get better constantly refining in preparation for the season, a scary thought considering he looked awfully dominant the last time we saw him. Hopefully, we can officially get the season underway even though the pandemic continues to flourish in the United States.