Blue Jays RHP Nate Pearson, the team’s 4th-ranked prospect according to Baseball America, has missed his second straight start of the young season for the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto had this update after Pearson was scratched prior to his first start:
#BlueJays top pitching prospect Nate Pearson was scratched from his first start tonight with a back issue. Just precautionary and nothing serious, I’m told.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) April 7, 2018
A Blue Jays official said today that Pearson’s return is “undetermined.” Pearson has not been put on Dunedin’s Disabled List as of this evening, suggesting that he’s day-to-day. Still, fans are anxious to see the player who became the club’s top Pitching prospect after only 20 innings make his season debut.
Pearson fell slightly in the draft due to a concern about a screw inserted into his elbow in high school, but the Blue Jays were convinced that his medical history was clear. Still, his pitch count was strictly monitored – he would have easily been a BA Top 20 Northwest League prospect, but didn’t have enough innings to qualify. His performance with Vancouver, however limited, was more than enough to convince Blue Jays brass to skip him over Lansing. With his history, it does cause one to wonder if they wanted to keep him in the warm weather, close to the team’s medical staff in Florida.
Unless he’s placed on the DL, it’s not all doom and gloom.