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Toronto Blue Jays Sleepers, Busts & Breakouts – Talented Youth Movement Incoming!

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Sleeper: SP Nate Pearson

A couple of injuries (back and broken right forearm via a batted ball) have delayed the development of Pearson. Toronto selected him with the 28th pick in the first round of the June MLB Amateur Draft in 2017.

His arm played well over eight short inning starts in 2017 at Low A and Rookie Ball (0.90 ERA and 26 Ks over innings). After dominating at High A and AA (2.15 ERA and 104 Ks over 83.2 innings) last year, Toronto pushed him to AAA. His arm held value (3.00 ERA) over three starts and 18 innings, but his strikeouts (15) did have less impact.

His fastball now has plus, plus velocity (can reach triple digits) with a trailing slider and changeup. Fantasy owners see enough in his arm to add him inside the 30th round in 12-team leagues (ADP – 194) with a low of 197 and high 356. Let’s go out on a limb here and say he outperforms Hyun-Jin Ryu in 2020.

Bust: SP Hyun-Jin Ryu

I get that Ryu has been elite over his last 44 starts (21-8 with 2.21 ERA and 252 Ks over 265 innings), but he hasn’t been $80 million good.

Toronto desperately needed to rebuild their pitching staff to make a push on the AL East standing. They placed their bet on Ryu, which makes me think of a line a friend my uses about professional players: “If you weren’t at the wedding, it doesn’t make sense to be at his funeral.” In other words, don’t chase a player stats after a career year, especially when factoring in his age (33 at the start of the year).

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