MANCHESTER — The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted their top pitching prospect, right-handed pitcher Nate Pearson, to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Pearson, a first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2017 MLB Draft, was scheduled to make his Double-A debut on Tuesday night, when the Fisher Cats were in Portland to take on the Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox affiliate).
Through six dominant starts in Advanced-A Dunedin, the 22-year-old went 3-0 with an 0.86 ERA. In 21 innings, he struck out a jaw-dropping 35 batters with only 10 hits, three walks and two runs allowed. Opponents have been held to a .139 batting average against Pearson, who regularly hits triple digits on the radar gun.
ranks Pearson as the top pitching prospect in the Blue Jays organization, and the third in the system overall behind Bo Bichette
and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Pearson is listed as the No. 72 prospect
in all of baseball, three spots ahead of Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis
The 6-foot-6, 245 lb. right-hander was born in Odessa, Fla, and was drafted out of the Junior College of Central Florida.