The day is finally here. Nate Pearson, Toronto’s No. 1 prospect and one of baseball’s most exciting young arms, is set to make his Major League debut.
Pearson’s presence will be a big boost to the Blue Jays’ rotation, which has looked very solid after one trip through the order. It’s important to temper expectations for rookies, no matter how much talent they have, but Pearson certainly boasts the stuff to hit the ground running as a top-of-the-rotation arm.
The first time through, Toronto’s rotation tossed 22 innings, allowing just six earned runs on 18 hits and nine walks while collecting 19 strikeouts. Now, imagine Hyun Jin Ryu bouncing back to form after a rusty first start and adding Pearson, who immediately steps in like an ace, to the mix.
Dare to dream!
Anyways, now that Pearson is up, the Jays have a normal five-man rotation. He’ll kick off Toronto’s second go through the rotation, with Ryu and Matt Shoemaker scheduled to follow after him and Trent Thornton and Tanner Roark still pencilled in as the fourth and fifth starters. That’s a pretty formidable group.
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation