Blue Jays prospect Nate Pearson made his MLB debut on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. against the Nationals. He was faced with the enormous task of dueling Max Scherzer but the two traded zeroes until Pearson exited after the fifth inning.
Pearson allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out five batters in his five frames. His fastball was consistently in the 94-96 range, pairing it with a slider in the mid-80’s. Pearson didn’t find himself in much trouble, as he only had to deal with Adam Eaton on third base with two outs in the first inning, runners on first and second with two outs in the third, and a leadoff double from Eric Thames in the fourth. He was able to get out of each of those situations without any damage.
The Jays selected Pearson in the first round (28th overall) of the 2017 draft. He began 2019 with High-A Dunedin but was quickly promoted to Double-A New Hampshire before finishing the season with three starts for Triple-A Buffalo. In aggregate, the right-hander posted a 2.30 ERA with 119 strikeouts and 27 walks over 101 2/3 innings. Now he’s showing he can potentially translate those numbers to the majors.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.