The Toronto Blue Jays are in the midst of a rebuild with many young players such as Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leading the way. The Blue Jays front office has made some intriguing moves this offseason, bringing in experienced starting pitchers. But there is one pitcher, in particular, who is set to make his big-league debut in 2020 who could be a key piece in Toronto for many years to come: Nate Pearson.
Toronto drafted the hard-throwing righty in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft out of the College of Central Florida, giving the now 23-year-old a $2.45 million signing bonus. The 2019 season was just Pearson’s first full minor-league season after suffering an injury that forced him to miss all of 2018. Pearson flew through three different levels, advancing from High-A Dunedin all the way to Triple-A Buffalo by the end of 2019. He posted a 2.30 ERA in 101.2 innings, striking out 119 hitters last season. Oppositions compiled just a .176 batting average against Pearson.
Breakout Year in 2019
Although 2019 was just his first glimpse of the grind of a minor-league season, the hype is real surrounding the hard-throwing righty. According to MLB…