Toronto Blue Jays: Pearson and Guerrero Jr. impressing at Arizona Fall league

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. /
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Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Nate Pearson didn’t hold back during an Arizona Fall League game throwing multiple pitches over 100 MPH.

There is a reason why Nate Pearson is regarded as the best pitching prospect on the Toronto Blue Jays and he showed it during an Arizona Fall League game on Saturday.

Pitching an inning for the West team, Pearson had two strikeouts, a groundout but did allow a home run to Peter Alonso. Despite that minor blimp, the 22-year-old was dominant for the most part showing impressive velocity which made him worthy of being a first-round pick.

Everyone knew about the Florida native’s ability to throw 100 MPH but he took it to another level in his second game in the Fall league. At one point Pearson threw 104 MPH which ironically was the pitch that got smacked out of the park by Alonso.

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This is not something which should be taken lightly considering Pearson’s age and the fact that he missed a good part of the 2018 season with injuries.

Luckily for him, having the chance to pitch in the Fall league will allow him to salvage his season rather than be frustrated with the time he missed this season.

Pearson was hit by a pitch in the second inning of his first start of the season forcing him to miss some time with a displaced fracture.  Fortunately, it looks like the injury hasn’t set him back when it comes to his ability to throw at a high velocity and command his pitches as well which is the tough part for someone throwing over 100.

Obviously, there is still some work to be done before Pearson becomes an option in the big leagues considering he missed a year of development. It looks like the Blue Jays want to use him as a starting pitcher but he’s also a potential option to be in late game situations.

Pearson isn’t the only player that Blue Jays have their eyes on as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as the top prospect in baseball continues to dominate in the minor leagues. This comes after Fangraphs projected the 19-year-old to dominate when he finally makes his debut for the Blue Jays.

The team doesn’t expect to Vlad Jr. to make his debut right away as his service time will play a factor in that decision. It becomes tough to justify not having him in the MLB if he continues to smash pitches as he did on Saturday.

The future is bright for the Blue Jays but when it can come together and put the team in a competitive position is the big question but fans should be excited.

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What do you think about the performance from Pearson and Vlad Jr. in the Fall League? Is it too early to be excited about their potential? Let us know in the comments below.