Hard-throwing reliever Nate Pearson has had a long and frustrating journey. For the one that many truly believed was the “next big thing” for the Jays, Pearson has truly disappointed so far as a result of many injuries, setbacks, and inconsistencies in his pitching in the past few years with the ballclub.
To date, Pearson has compiled a 5.00 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, giving up 42 earned runs with 43 walks and 79 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched in 52 career games with the Jays. Last year, it appeared that he was finally going to have his breakout season with the ballclub when he put together the best stretch of his career by pitching to a sub-2 ERA and a sub-.200 opponents batting average with 26 strikeouts in 23 innings in his first 17 appearances. However, things would unravel for him quickly from mid-June onwards as his inconsistency reared its head again. Eventually, he was sent back down to the minors later in the season and was not included on their postseason roster.
At the of age 27, Pearson isn’t getting any younger any time soon while patience is beginning to grow thin in Jays’ nation. He had been given numerous opportunities to flourish, but has failed to put a firm grasp on them. Not only that, but with the bulk of the Jays’ relief corps returning for the 2024 season, along with a healthy Chad Green and Zach Pop, the chances of Pearson making the team bullpen just got that much tougher. To provide the right antidote for the flamethrower, perhaps a change of scenery can work wonders in rebooting his once-promising career, similar to how former Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow found some great success as a reliever after leaving the team in 2014.