Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Nate Pearson (27) is showing his presence with a strong pitch during the demonstration game.

On the 24th (Korean time), in the 2023 Major League Baseball exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins held at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida, USA, Pearson took the mound from 2nd out and 2nd base at the end of the 8th inning and struck out Hernán Perez with a foul tip.스포츠토토

Pearson, who was on the mound in the ninth inning as well, faced a crisis with two outs on first and second base with one walk and one hit ball, but struck out all three outs in the ninth inning and ended the game. The result of the day was 1 inning, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks and no runs.

Pearson threw the ball at the top speed of 101 miles per hour (162 km), showing a pitch that seemed to be back in his prime. Pearson’s performance in this demonstration game was 6 games, 1 save, 8 ⅓ innings, 8 hits, 13 strikeouts, 5 walks, 3 runs, and an average ERA of 3.24.

After the game, the Toronto club shared a video of Pearson striking out on a swing with a 101 mile ball on the official SNS, and focused on Pearson’s good fight with the words “4 strikeouts and 101 miles”.

Reporter Rob Longley of the local media’Toronto Sun’ explained, “There was a walk, but Nate Pearson threw a ball that exceeded 100 miles several times and took 4 strikeouts in 1⅓ innings to save Toronto’s 3-0 victory.”

This is what Toronto originally expected from Pearson. Pearson, who briskly sprays the ball over 101 miles, has been called a lumber to become a ‘right-handed ace’ since he was named 28th overall in the first round by Toronto in 2017.

However, Pearson’s chronic difficulty in pitching and injuries overlapped, and since his major league debut in 2020, he has appeared in a total of 17 games. He struck out 36 and walked 25 in 33 innings. Last year, he started the season in the minor leagues, and in June, he was placed on the injured list (IL) due to mononucleosis and did not appear in the major leagues at all.

While Pearson struggles, Toronto forms a starting rotation of Kevin Gaussman, Alec Manoa, Jose Berrios, Chris Bassett, and Yusei Kikuchi. Ryu Hyun-jin, who completed rehabilitation from elbow surgery in July, will also join.

Can Pearson, who once followed Hyun-jin Ryu and was called ‘Hope for Hyun-jin Ryu’, now show the dignity of a fastball pitcher by dropping the label of a promising player in his 10,000 years? First of all, there are many positive signs in this demonstration game.

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