Nate Pearson is a big guy with a big fastball.
Listed at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, Nate started a game yesterday for Dunedin, the Toronto Blue Jay’s High-A affiliate in the Florida State League, and ran his fastball up to 102 mph in his dominating performance.
A former Staunton Brave (2016), Nate was a first round pick (28th overall) in 2017. He struggled to stay on the field early on, and was hit by a line drive in his first start of 2018, breaking his right arm.
Well, he’s back, and he’s crushing it so far in 2019. First of all- that start from yesterday against Jupiter? Nate went 5 innings and allowed 1 hit, 1 walk, 0 runs, and struck out 10. (Earning his own article on milb.com.)
After five starts so far this season, Nate is a ridiculous 3-0, 0.95, with a 0.58 WHIP, 0.9 BB/9, and 14.2 K/9 in 19 innings pitched. He has a 2/30 BB/K ratio so far! I am rather curious about his path ahead. If he continues to dominate High-A hitters, the obvious next step is Double-A, which might happen as the weather warms up. I also wouldn’t put it out of the realm of possibility that he would make the major leagues later this year. (Major league teams seem more willing to promote young arms than young bats.)
As always, time will tell!