A lot has been said about the development of the young talent in the Blue Jays organization this year. But Nate Pearson has flown under the radar.
It all started with phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
The top prospect in baseball was called up in late April. Which gave the city of Toronto and the MLB a reason to be excited. Since his slow start Vlad has started to get used to life in the majors currently sitting with a slash line of .243/.312/.436.
The second to get the call
Then another second generation youngster got the call to the majors, Cavan Biggio. Through 13 games the 24-year-old has gotten off to a slow start at the plate slashing .158/.319/.237. Side note, interesting to see a higher OBP than slugging percentage. Biggio has drawn nine walks in his 47 plate appearances.
The next to make his debut?
Now the discussion is focused on yet again a second generation player in Bo Bichette. The eighth ranked prospect in baseball has recently returned from the broken hand he suffered early in the season and is now rumoured to get the call sometime before the All-Star break.
The rise of Nate Pearson
Among all of that, Nate Pearson has put up breathtaking numbers. Between high A Dunedin and AA New Hampshire, Pearson has an ERA of 1.97 in 13 starts. He has struck out 63 batters while only walking eight. The 6’6″ 22-year-old right hander can reach 97MPH with his fastball.
With his rapid and steady growth it is a possibility Pearson could make his major league debut late this year. Especially with the problems the Jays have had with finding viable Major League arms to fill out their rotation.
But a full year in the minors is likely for the 22-year-old especially for an organization nowhere close to competing. An organization that has also shown they have no problems playing the service time game.
Having a prospect like Nate Pearson fly under the radar demonstrates how deep the the Blue Jays farm system is, even after the call up of Vlad the Blue Jays rank fourth on Bleacher Reports newest farm system rankings.