Nate Pearson
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays AAA
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.
Bumped up to Triple-A
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
August 18, 2019
The Blue Jays promoted Pearson from Double-A New Hampshire to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, Carlos Collazo of Baseball America reports.
The 22-year-old flamethrower will make the move to the International League after posting a 2.59 ERA and 69:21 K:BB across 62.2 innings with New Hampshire following his promotion from High-A Dunedin in May. If he impresses in his initial late-season action at Triple-A, Pearson could get a token chance to compete for a rotation spot with the big club next spring, though it's more likely than not that he'll be headed back to Buffalo to begin the 2020 campaign.
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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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Tosses six innings for Fisher Cats
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
July 31, 2019
Pearson allowed two hits and three walks over six scoreless innings for Double-A New Hampshire on Tuesday. He struck out five.
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Fans eight in no-hit outing
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
July 25, 2019
Pearson walked one and struck out eight over 5.2 no-hit, scoreless innings for Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday.
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Returns to action Wednesday
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
July 3, 2019
Pearson (groin) was activated off the 7-day injured list Wednesday and allowed three runs on three hits over 1.1 innings for Double-A New Hampshire, Scott Mitchell of reports.
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Resumes throwing
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
June 26, 2019
Pearson (groin) has been throwing off flat ground, Arden Zwelling of reports.
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Lands on injured list
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
June 22, 2019
Pearson was placed on the minor-league injured list with an undisclosed injury Saturday, retroactive to June 20.
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