Nate Pearson Toronto Blue Jays

Age: 26 (August 20, 1996) | 6' 6" | 250lbs. | Throws: Right
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
TOR A+ 2018 0 1 0 0 1 1 1.2 5 1 0 1 10.80 3.00 3.90 0.0 0.0 .519 n/a
TOR AL 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a -0 0
TOR AL 2020 1 0 0 0 5 4 18.0 14 5 13 16 6.00 1.50 1.56 6.5 8.0 .206 38/17/44 -4 -1
TOR AAA 2021 1 3 0 0 12 6 30.1 21 4 13 44 4.45 1.12 1.10 3.9 13.1 .290 n/a
TOR AAA 2021 1 3 0 0 12 6 30.2 21 4 13 44 4.40 1.11 1.09 3.8 12.9 .286 n/a
TOR AL 2021 1 1 0 0 12 1 15.0 14 2 12 20 4.20 1.73 1.53 7.2 12.0 .350 41/13/46 -1 0
TOR AL 2022 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a 0 0
Career 4yrs 2 1 0 0 17 5 33.0 28 7 25 36 5.18 1.61 1.55 6.8 9.8 .269 n/a
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Baseball America's

PROJECTED 2026 LINEUP

Catcher: Gabriel Moreno (26)
First Base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27)
Second Base: Addison Barger (26)
Third Base: Orelvis Martinez (24)
Shortstop: Bo Bichette (28)
Left Field: Lourdes Gurriel (32)
Center Field: George Springer (36)
Right Field: Gabriel Martinez (23)
Designated Hitter: Alejandro Kirk (27)

No. 1 Starter: Alek Manoah (28)
No. 2 Starter: Jose Berrios (32)
No. 3 Starter: Kevin Gausman (36) 
No. 4 Starter: Ricky Tiedemann (24)
No. 5 Starter: Yosver Zulueta (28)
Closer: Nate Pearson (30)

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 21

From The Athletic today:

... It’ll happen again in 2022. We know it will. Assuming the league and players actually agree to have a season, there will be players who are under-the-radar today but end up making a difference in the division. We convened our American League East writers and asked them to pick one player from each team who might be a revelation in 2022. We’ve added their Steamer projections from FanGraphs.

If we’re right, we’ll all tweet links to this story again in seven months. If we’re wrong, don’t blame us. It was all Kaitlyn’s idea. She’s up first. — Chad Jennings

Blue Jays

RHP Nate Pearson
2021 stats: 1-1, 4.20 ERA, 15 IP, 20 K, 0.0 fWAR
2022 Steamer projections: 6-6, 4.39 ERA, 99 IP, 106 K, 0.9 fWAR

The 25-year-old right-hander is only two years removed from being the team’s top prospect and he’s still the most explosive arm in the system. But since his MLB debut in 2020, he’s dealt with a string of injuries that’s limited him to only 33 MLB innings over the last two years, about half of which have come in relief. When he has been on the mound, he’s also been inconsistent, sometimes looking wild, while other times looking unhittable out of the bullpen, especially when he flashes that 100 mph fastball.

The most important factor for Pearson will be staying healthy in 2022, but if he can remain on the mound, this could be the season we finally see him perform up to his potential. With so much missed time over the last two seasons, the Blue Jays will be closely eyeing his innings. Don’t expect 180 innings or 25 starts out of Pearson. The team has already indicated he’ll be used more in an extended outing role — or something that looks more like a cross between a starter and a reliever.

Pearson will be in the mix for a rotation spot in spring training (if we ever get there), but if the Blue Jays acquire another starter post-lockout, Pearson could begin the 2022 season in the bullpen, filling in with long outings or spot starts, if necessary, and perhaps even working his way into the rotation eventually. Pearson has the stuff to be a major-league pitcher, and he can help the Blue Jays be a better team. It’s all about gaining experience and confidence now. — Kaitlyn McGrath

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 21
2020: FB 51% FBv 96.4 EV 88.9 HardHit 39% Barrel 8% HR/FB 22% FIP 7.19
2021: FB 63% FBv 97.9 EV 92.4 HardHit 46% Barrel 8% HR/FB 11% FIP 4.64
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '21