Blue Jays’ Nate Pearson climbs to No. 8 on MLB Pipeline’s top 100 list

Nate Pearson pitches during the MLB Futures game.

MLB Pipeline released its updated top 100 prospects list Saturday, which features three players in the Toronto Blue Jays‘ system: Nate Pearson (No. 8), Jordan Groshans (No. 75) and Simeon Woods Richardson (No. 98).

The same trio was named to Baseball America’s top 100 list earlier in the week, with Pearson leading the way as BA’s seventh-overall prospect.

The 23-year-old righty, who Toronto selected in the first round of the 2017 draft, has quickly risen through the ranks of the minor leagues. In 2019, Pearson started in advanced-A and moved on to double-A before landing in triple-A by the end of the year. In 25 starts across those three levels, he compiled a 2.30 ERA with 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings.

Groshans had been ranked No. 67 in MLB Pipeline’s August rankings, so he has dipped a bit. Still, the 20-year-old shortstop (Toronto’s first-round selection in 2018) impressed in his short class-A stint in 2019. In 23 games, Groshans collected a .909 OPS before being shut down with a foot injury.

Woods Richardson has found his way onto MLB Pipeline’s top 100 list for the first time, thanks in part to posting a 2.54 ERA through six starts in advanced-A last season. The right-hander was one of the players who came over from the New York Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade last July.

These rankings affirm the Blue Jays’ belief that their prospect pool is gaining strength and depth, which could create trade options for the team down the road.

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