MLB Pipeline released their rankings with Toronto Blue Jays prospect Nate Pearson continuing his climb up the list.
Last year, MLB Pipeline had Pearson No. 10 overall in their final top 100 prospect rankings of 2019 which made him the No. 3 pitcher on the list. Well going into spring training, he is now the No. 8 on their first top 100 prospect list of 2020. Pearson sat No. 76 on MLB Pipeline’s pre-season list going into 2019 so for him to get into the top 10 is not something that should be overlooked.
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He joins Jordan Groshans (No. 75) and Simeon Woods Richardson (No. 98) as the only Blue Jays prospects in the top 100 which is no surprise considering how many players the team has graduated to the big leagues. On Baseball America’s list, he was No. 7 overall which shows how well regarded he is.
At 23-years-old it will be interesting to see if the Blue Jays go a similar route with Pearson as they did with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio who were brought along later into the season. This brings up the debate about service time and the team wanting to control when their players are eligible for free agency but you also need to keep in mind the team’s desire to be more competitive than last season.
He made the move from advanced-A ball all the way to triple-A in 2019 pitching to an impressive 2.30 ERA and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings which is impressive considering the accelerated rise up the minor leagues.
The benefit the Blue Jays have going into this season is that they have more options for the rotation than they might have in past years which will not only make any chance of Pearson to make the team tougher but provide them with some much-needed depth in case of injuries.
The earliest the Blue Jays could look to call up Pearson from the Buffalo Bisons will probably be May depending on what the team’s roster situation is like.
What do you think about Pearson’s rise up the prospect rankings? Do you expect him to be a big contributor going into 2020 or will the team take their time with his development? Let us know in the comments below.