The Valley League alumnus who has been receiving the most attention as a prospect is pretty easily Nate Pearson (Staunton 2016). It all makes sense when you rwalize that Nate can hit 103 mph with his fastball, and has a “wipeout” slider to boot.
(By the way, more on “prospects” on Sunday.)
Nate took the hill last night for Double-A New Hampshire against Binghamton, and fired five and 2/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits, three walks, and struck out six to earn the win. (Patrick Mazeika (Waynesboro 2013) went 0-3 for Binghamton).
Pearson is now 1-4, 2.59 in 62 2/3 Double-A innings, with 69 strikeouts. If the Blue Jays were fighting for a playoff spot, I believe Pearson would be in the big leagues, but as the squad from Toronto is not in the running, he will most likely spend the rest of 2019 in the minor leagues. The call is coming, though!