The 2020 season has been delayed for quite some time now and everyone misses baseball.
For the first time in a few years Blue Jays fans had some optimism coming into this season. The Yankees and Rays are still powerhouses in the American League but the Red Sox have suffered a few blows in recent months.
This year was a year about improvement, no rational Blue Jays fan was expecting a battle at the top of the division but there was excitement to see the next steps of the young guns who made their debuts in 2019.
All of Canada was anxious to see the young crop of talent make improvements on their rookie campaigns and quite possibly fight Boston for third in the division. Alongside the trio of Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio another name was on the minds of all Jays fans since the end of last season.
When will we get a taste of Nate Pearson in the big leagues?
Pearson came out flying in spring training. Making waves by making slugger Josh Bell look foolish in a outing against the Pirates.
But the hype train for Nate Pearson came to a screeching halt just like the rest of the league due to the outbreak of COVID-19. In a lot of people’s minds Pearson was on track to make his MLB debut sometime in the second half of the 2020 campaign. But that plan will in all likelihood not come into fruition.
Nate Pearson still needs a majority of a season at the AAA level before he is ready for major league ball. He has still only pitched 123.1 innings of professional ball due to his broken forearm in 2018. While he was dominate across all levels in 2019 he only pitched 18 innings in Buffalo.
It was possible for Pearson to get another 100 innings under his belt in the minor leagues and then get the call late in the season for the big league club. But now, that seems impossible. While the minor league season has not been cancelled, there will definitely not be a priority to resume play like there is for the major leagues.
If play resumes in the summer of 2020, expect Nate Pearson to play the entirety of the season in Buffalo and see the call to Toronto sometime in 2021. If the entirety of the minor league season is cancelled then the timeline could be stretched even further.
Nate Pearson looks like a star in the making for the Blue Jays, but he just needs more innings under his belt before he makes the jump to the show. It’s just when those innings will come is the question and unfortunately no one knows the answer.