After missing pretty much the entire 2018 season with a broken arm, Nate Pearson was chomping at the bit to prove he’s not only healthy, but back to his dominant self on the mound.
As announced yesterday, after just six appearances with Single-A Dunedin this season, Pearson has been promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
So far this year, Pearson has gone 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA. Even more impressive are the 35 strikeouts he’s racked-up in just 21 innings of work. As ridiculous as Pearson’s strikeout rate is (46.7%), his walk rate is almost equally impressive (4%).
Those gaudy numbers were all the Blue Jays needed to see before deciding that Pearson was more than deserving of an early season promotion. After missing most of last year, the Blue Jays have been somewhat cautious with Pearson so far in 2019. With him alternating between five and two inning outings in his six appearances.
It might not be long before Pearson is joined in New Hampshire by several of Dunedin’s other starting pitchers who are having promotion-worthy performances of their own. Nick Allgeyer, a 12th round pick in the 2018 Draft has a 1.01 ERA through 26.2 innings. While Turner Larkins has posted a 1.57 ERA over 23 innings.
As for Pearson, it’ll be interesting to see if he can maintain this level of dominance in Double-A. If he can, and it wouldn’t be all that surprising if he does, it won’t be long before Toronto’s number one pitching prospect is in line for yet another promotion.