One of baseball’s top prospects, starter Nate Pearson of the Toronto Blue Jays, will make his major league debut tonight. Pearson is the Jays’ No. 1 ranked prospect and No. 10 across the league, according to MLB Pipeline. He and his triple-digit fastball and outstanding slider will face off against the Washington Nationals.
Pearson, a 28th round pick in the 2017 draft, has really only had one season’s worth of minor league experience — 123 total innings — due to injuries that sidelined him for almost all of the 2018 season. Last year, though, he showed that he is ready for the bigs. He made six starts at high-A Dunedin, going 3-0 while striking out 35 and walking only three in 21 innings. In 16 starts at Double-A New Hampshire he struck out 69 batters in 62.2 innings and posting a 2.59 ERA. He finally made three starts at Triple-A, allowing six runs in 18 innings and striking out 15.
Pearson’s first opponent: Max Scherzer. Who, I’m told, has some pretty good stuff as well.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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