Blue Jays' Former Top Prospect Finally Gets Another Call To The Show

Toronto Blue Jays fans have heard this before, but it finally looks like a former first-round pick and top pitching prospect might actually be ready to offer a significant contribution to the big league team. 

The Blue Jays have recalled Nate Pearson, now looking very strong as a late-inning, high-leverage reliever. According to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun, Pearson says he loves “the intensity and challenge” of the role, and has shown "more poise and maturity (this spring) than at any point in his pro career."

Adam Cimber has been placed on the injured list to make room. 

Pearson, now 26, has made eight appearances for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, tossing 8.1 innings, allowing just two runs for a 2.16 ERA while striking out a whopping 16 batters for a 17.2 K/9. He's held opponents to a .167 batting average while getting his fastball up to 99.5 mph.

The oft-injured hurler was once thought to be a future ace in the Jays' rotation, but a series of unending injuries has completely derailed his career to this point. His last season of tossing more than 30 innings came back in 2019, when he showed the incredible talent that made him a first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He posted a 2.30 ERA with an 0.88 WHIP in 101.2 innings, while striking out 10.5 batters per nine. 

But it's been nothing but trips to the infirmary and dashed hopes since then. Perhaps his new late-inning, high-leverage role can actually finally help him get established in The Show. 

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