When baseball returns, the Toronto Blue Jays will have some roster decisions to make and Nate Pearson should be in the conversation.
Pearson was expected to go down to triple-A Buffalo and be a potential call up option later in the season when he had more reps at the professional level. Now that there won’t be a minor league season in 2020, it won’t hurt to have the team’s top prospect get his chance to shine.
Service time will be a part of the decision of course and apparently, this decision will be easier said than done according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
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There is no reason why the Blue Jays shouldn’t be trying to get the extra year of control for Pearson, especially when it only means holding him down for seven days. How that works will probably be explained in greater detail later on.
Once the conversation about service time is out of the picture, the Blue Jays should be doing whatever they can to put the best team on the field. This means having one of their better arms available.
At this point there is no reason why Toronto shouldn’t pencil in Pearson, even to get him some work against some tough competition. It would be more harmful for his development to not give him some meaningful innings and hopefully, the 60-game season can provide him that.
It will be interesting to see how the Blue Jays work in the rest of the rotation, with Hyun-Jin Ry, Matt Shoemaker and Tanner Roark likely guaranteed their spot. The team will likely roll through options like Chase Anderson, Trent Thornton and Ryan Borucki, along with T.J. Zeuch and Shun Yamaguchi.
Looking at those options, it would be tough to not have Pearson get serious consideration considering he has the most potential. Not only that but there won’t be a large margin for error with a 60-game season.
Do you think Pearson should be in the rotation this season? Does it make sense to hold him back for service time? Let us know in the comments below.