Nate Pearson
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Sometimes the mysterious carries more value in dynasty leagues than established commodities. For example, Pearson has thrown just 42 innings including the Arizona Fall League, yet looks the part of a frontline horse (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) and touched 104 mph in a one-inning outing with dozens of scouts watching at the 2018 Fall Stars game. The 28th overall pick in 2017, Pearson was seen as a lottery ticket, as he had not faced quality competition in junior college but had touched triple digits with his fastball. The selection looked brilliant when he dominated in short-season ball, but he missed the first month of 2018 with an oblique injury and missed the rest of the season after exiting his first start when a comebacker broke his ulna. Pearson's slider and changeup should be at least average offerings but his eventual command is unknown. His upside and flaws should come into focus if he stays healthy in his age-22 season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Blue Jays in June of 2017.
Impressive Double-A debut
PToronto Blue Jays  AA
May 8, 2019
Pearson allowed only two hits over five scoreless innings while striking out eight for Double-A New Hampshire on Tuesday.
The Jays' top pitching prospect got promoted to the Eastern League after six dominant starts at High-A and didn't miss a beat in his first outing for New Hampshire. Pearson's lack of innings since being drafted in 2017 probably means the organization will keep a tight leash on his workload, but the 22-year-old could very well finish his campaign at Triple-A if he keeps this up.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Blue Jays nabbed Pearson with the 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft, but if the draft were held again this offseason, he would go in the top 15. He was seen as a lottery ticket. Scouts liked his stuff, but coming out of a Central Florida junior college, he had not faced any high-end competition. Pearson threw one inning in the Gulf Coast League and was quickly promoted to the Northwest League where he displayed an elite fastball that can touch 100 mph and a potentially plus changeup. Never going more than four innings, he was able to carve up short-season hitters with ease on the strength of his fastball and changeup. He didn't give up a run over his first seven appearances and fanned 10 over four innings in his penultimate start of the year. The next step will be gaining more consistency with his slider -- his clear third pitch. If that comes along, he has the size (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) and potentially above-average command to anchor a big-league rotation.
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Fans career-high 10 for Dunedin
PToronto Blue Jays  AA
April 26, 2019
Pearson allowed one hit and one walk over five scoreless innings while striking out 10 for High-A Dunedin on Thursday.
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Dominating at High-A
PToronto Blue Jays  AA
April 15, 2019
Pearson allowed one hit over five scoreless innings while striking out nine for High-A Dunedin on Sunday.
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To pitch in AFL
PToronto Blue Jays  AA
September 12, 2018
Pearson (forearm) will pitch in the Arizona Fall League, Arden Zwelling of reports.
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Fires successful bullpen
PToronto Blue Jays  AA
August 21, 2018
Pearson (broken ulna) threw a bullpen session Monday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Bullpen on tap
PToronto Blue Jays  AA
August 19, 2018
Pearson (broken ulna) says he will throw his first bullpen session Monday.
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