It’s safe to say that the start to Nate Pearson’s big-league career hasn’t gone as planned.
After a great debut in Washington in which he tossed five shutout frames against the defending World Series champions, Pearson has struggled in three consecutive starts. Most notably, his command has been all over the grid, as he’s walked 12 batters across 16 1/3 innings.
Pearson is obviously aware of what the issue is here. Rather than attacking hitters with his elite stuff, he’s trying too hard to paint the zone and aim his pitches for strikes. In his effort to ensure he’s not all over the place, Pearson ends up grooving pitches into the middle of the zone that big-league hitters can feast on.
“I’ve been forcing myself to make these pinpoint pitches from the first pitch and then I get behind in the count,” Pearson said before his start in Baltimore. “It’s all about getting ahead for me right now and filling up the zone.”
On Wednesday, the Blue Jays placed Pearson on the 10-day Injured List with elbow tightness. Though Ross Atkins had a …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation