Nate Pearson
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Pearson with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2020
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 24
Pitcher
Born: (1996-08-20) August 20, 1996 (age 25)
Odessa, Florida
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 29, 2020, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Win–loss record2–1
Earned run average5.18
Strikeouts36
Teams

Nathan Alexander Pearson (born August 20, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB).

High school and college

Pearson attended Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School in Spring Hill, Florida. As a senior he went 9–1 with a 1.75 earned run average (ERA) and 117 strikeouts and hit .318 with nine home runs and 30 runs batted in (RBI).[1] After graduating, Pearson attended Florida International University (FIU) where he played college baseball for the FIU Panthers. He made 19 appearances with one start, going 1–1 with a 2.70 ERA and 33 strikeouts. After one year at FIU, he transferred to the College of Central Florida.[2] In his first year at Central Florida, he had a 1.56 ERA and 118 strikeouts and was named the JUCO Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game.[3]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Pearson was considered one of the top prospects for the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[4][5] He was selected 28th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays,[6][7] and signed on June 28 for a $2.45 million bonus.[8][9] Pearson was assigned to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, and promoted to the Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians after making one start.[10] Through his first six starts, Pearson did not allow a run, and yielded only four hits and one walk while striking out 16 in 13 total innings.[11] He finished the 2017 regular season with a 0.90 ERA, 26 strikeouts, and a 0.60 WHIP in 20 innings pitched.[10] In early September, Pearson was selected by Vancouver as the starter for the first game of their best-of-three Northwest League playoff series against the Spokane Indians.[12][13] He went four innings against Spokane and struck out 10 batters in a 2–1 win.[14]

Pearson was assigned to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays to begin the 2018 season, but opened the year on the disabled list with an oblique injury. He made his Florida State League debut on May 7, but left the game after being struck by a line drive in the second inning. The following day, the team announced Pearson had suffered a broken ulna in his right arm.[15] He remained on the disabled list for the rest of the 2018 season, and played for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League during the offseason. Pearson began 2019 with Dunedin, where he posted a 3–0 record, 0.86 ERA, and 35 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched before being promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats in early May. He made his Double-A debut on May 7, striking out eight over five scoreless innings.[16] Pearson was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game.[17] Pearson was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo on May 3, 2021.[18]

Major leagues

On July 29, 2020, Pearson made his MLB debut against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals. The game was played in Washington despite being a home game for the Blue Jays, as the COVID-19 pandemic had forced the Blue Jays into Sahlen Field in Buffalo, which was not ready for use.[19] He went five innings, giving up two hits and two walks with five strikeouts, and surrendered no runs in his debut, though the Nationals won 4–0.[20][21] With the 2020 Toronto Blue Jays, Pearson appeared in 5 games, compiling a 1–0 record with 6.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched.[22]

References

  1. ^ Camunas, Mike; Williams, Nick (2 June 2015). "Hurricanes' Pearson is 3A baseball player of year". The Tampa Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-02-04. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  2. ^ Page, Rodney (June 7, 2017). "Bishop McLaughlin alum Nate Pearson's MLB draft stock soars". tampabay.com. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Pearson named JUCO Pitcher of the Year". gainesville.com. June 6, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "MLB.com 2017 Prospect Watch". Major League Baseball.
  5. ^ Belinsky, Hudson (April 12, 2017). "Nate Pearson Progressing as Draft Nears". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (June 13, 2017). "Toronto takes hard-throwing Pearson at 28". MLB.com. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (June 12, 2017). "Blue Jays select Warmoth, Pearson with first-round draft picks". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "Blue Jays officially sign first-round picks Warmoth, Pearson". Sportsnet. June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "2017 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker". MLB.com. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Nate Pearson Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Leboff, Michael (August 19, 2017). "Canadians' Pearson keeps putting up zeros". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Boor, William (September 5, 2017). "Pipeline Preview: Florial takes hot bat into FSL playoffs". MLB.com. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Fai, Rob (September 4, 2017). "C's to face Spokane in Playoffs set for Tuesday". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  14. ^ Fai, Rob (September 7, 2017). "C's open post-season with 2-1 win over Spokane". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  15. ^ Goffenberg, David (May 8, 2018). "Top Blue Jays prospect Nate Pearson struck by line drive". Sportsnet. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  16. ^ Bumbaca, Chris (May 8, 2019). "Jays' Pearson plays up in Double-A debut". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  17. ^ Jim Callis (June 28, 2019). "Here are the 2019 Futures Game rosters". MLB.com. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  18. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays' Triple-A Buffalo Bisons set Preliminary Roster". Boxscore World Sportswire. May 3, 2021.
  19. ^ "Blue Jays to play 2020 home games in Buffalo; will reportedly play first two home series on the road". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  20. ^ "Washington Nationals vs. Toronto Blue Jays Results, Stats, and Recap - July 29, 2020 Gametracker". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  21. ^ Keegan Matheson (July 29, 2020). "Pearson lives up to hype in dominant debut". MLB.com. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  22. ^ "Nate Pearson Stats, Fantasy & News". MLB.com.