Daily Duce: Blue Jays double-down on plan for Pearson, Jose Bautista’s transition to pitcher, and more!


While there have been plenty of interesting things to talk about, Nate Pearson has really been the story of spring training for the Blue Jays. He made a sparkling debut last week by striking out the side against the Yankees and then he followed that up on Sunday by picking up another six strikeouts in two clean innings of work against the Pirates.
After plowing through nine batters with such ease, fans are ready to see Pearson crack the team and travel north at the end of the month. It isn’t going to happen. Ross Atkins was asked on Monday about whether or not Pearson could make the club, and, in a roundabout Atkins way, he shut down the possibility.

Asked about Nate Pearson’s camp and whether he could break with the major-league club on opening day, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins: pic.twitter.com/RpsvfUuvV4
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) March 2, 2020

Given what we dealt with last year when it came to Vlad Jr. having to work on his “baserunning” in Triple-A for a few weeks, the automatic conclusion to jump to here is that the Jays are manipulating Pearson’s service …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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