One of the most highly-anticipated pitching debuts in memory is scheduled to happen on Wednesday afternoon when top minor league prospect Nate Pearson is slated to take the mound in his first major league start.
In game conditions, the prospective next king of the fastball has been clocked at throwing 105 mph.
Here's a closer look at his development in the minors:
No doubt, Pearson's arm looks absolutely wicked, especially to opposing hitters. If he's on target, watch for Blue Jays' team fortunes to pick up in the shortened 2020 season. They could use a hurler that shuts down the opposition.
Making Wednesday's game even more of a "must see," the drama will unfold versus the defending champion Washington Nationals. Moreover, the Nationals starter is three-time Cy Young Award winner – Max Scherzer. This looks to be a dream come true for those who love ace pitching and what some expect to be a tight, close game.
At Spreads.ca, odds reflect some value for the young prospect and the underdog Blue Jays. The total is 8.5, which is among the lower totals we've seen this season (note that NL games now have the DH).
The occasion isn't lost on Pearson, who is excited by making his debut against one of the best in the game:
“I’m looking forward to matching up with Max Scherzer,” Pearson said. “He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball and a pitcher I looked up to a lot growing up, seeing him around the league. It will be cool to pitch against him and the reigning champs.” READ MORE HERE
Wednesday's game starts at 3:05 pm EST.
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