Nate Pearson starts for Blue Jays in Atlanta

TODAY’S GAME:
NATE PEARSON
Taking a Major League mound for the 2nd time, both in interleague games (7/29 vs. WAS).
Nate Pearson, RHP #24 Born: Odessa, FL AGE: 23
Making his 2nd MLB start tonight, coming off his MLB Debut on 7/29
vs. WAS…Threw 5.0 scoreless innings, taking a no-decision as the
Jays were shutout, 4-0, by Max Scherzer and the Nationals…
Allowed 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 batters…Struck out
the 1st batter he faced (Trea Turner), becoming the 7th pitcher in
team history to debut as a starter and strike out the 1st batter faced
(last: Matt Boyd on 6/27/15 vs. TEX)…Became the 3rd pitcher in
Blue Jays history to throw 5+ scoreless innings in an MLB debut,
joining Mauro Gozzo (8/8/89 vs. TEX) and Trent Thornton (3/31/19
vs. DET)…Also became the 49th player in team history to make his
MLB debut as a starting pitcher, following up a debut by Thomas
Hatch, 3 days earlier (7/26 at TB).
Entered the season as Toronto’s top-rated prospect by MLB and
Baseball America (7th overall by BA; 8th overall by MLB).
ST: 5G, 2GS, 4.22 ERA, 10.2 IP, 7H, 5ER, 1HR, 5BB, 16K, .194 AVG
2019 HIGHLIGHTS:
Started his campaign with A+ Dunedin and posted a 0.86 ERA (2
ER/21.0 IP) across 6 starts.
Promoted to AA New Hampshire on 5/7 and held a 2.59 ERA (18
ER/62.2 IP) in 16 starts.
Finished the year with 3 starts for AAA Buffalo…Went 1-0 while
allowing 6 runs over 18.0 innings for a 3.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP
(15K/3BB).
Threw 7.0 shutout innings in his AAA debut on 8/20 at Rochester…
Allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 batters without issuing a walk on
what was his 23rd birthday.
2018 HIGHLIGHTS:
Made just 1 start in the 2018 regular season before having his
campaign ended with a fractured right ulna when he was hit by a
line drive.
Played for the Surprise Saguaros in the 2018 Arizona Fall League
and went 2-2 over 6 starts…Had his fastball reach as high as 104
MPH while there and was named to both the AFL Rising Stars
Team and the All-Prospect Team.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:
Ranked by MLB as Toronto’s No. 1 prospect heading into 2020…
Listed as Baseball America’s 7th-best overall prospect.
Selected by the Blue Jays in the 1st round (28th overall) of the
2017 First-Year Player Draft.
Attended Florida International for a year before transferring to Central Florida Community College in Ocala, FL…Went 5-2 with a 1.56
ERA in his 13 starts for Patriots in 2017 and struck out 118 batters over 81.0 innings (23 walks).
PITCH SELECTION (2020)
Four-seam Fastball (55.1%, 95.7mph), Slider (33.3%, 84.6mph),
Change (9.4%, 88.8mph) Curve (2.2%, 77.0mph)
YEAR W-L ERA G GS IP H ER HR BB SO AVG
2020 0-0 0.00 0 0 5.0 2 0 0 2 5 .118
2019 (AA) 1-4 2.59 16 16 62.2 41 18 4 21 69 .186
2019 (AAA) 1-0 3.00 3 3 18.0 12 6 2 3 15 .185

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