Not a bad way to celebrate your 23rd birthday.
The right-hander retired 11 Rochester Red Wings’ batters in a row to end his night and tossed 55 strikes on 88 pitches as the Bisons lost 4-1. He also reportedly touched 99 m.p.h on three pitches in the seventh inning.
Pearson joined the Bisons, Toronto’s minor-league affiliate, from double-A New Hampshire, where he posted a 1-4 record with a 2.59 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 69 strikeouts and 21 walks in 62.2 innings of work over 16 starts.
The 22-year-old was selected in the first round (28th overall) by the Blue Jays in the 2017 MLB Draft.
The six-foot-six, 245-pound flamethrower is the Blue Jays’ No.2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.