Odessa native/Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School product Nate Pearson made his MLB (Major League Baseball) debut for the Toronto Blue Jays late last month.
On July 29, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound hard-throwing righthander pitched five scoreless innings against the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals at National Park, striking out five batters, while allowing two hits and two walks in a 4-0 loss.
The 23-year-old has been regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects since becoming a first round draft pick in 2017, out of Ocala’s College of Central Florida.
Pearson rose through the minor league ranks over the past three seasons, posting a combined 2.17 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 146 strikeouts in 123.1 innings from rookie ball through Triple-A.
Pearson is regarded for a fastball that touches 100 mph, along with a slider, changeup and curveball.
Pearson graduated from Bishop McLaughlin in 2015, where he guided the program to the Class 3A state semifinals.
He spent a portion of the leaguewide COVID-19 shutdown in Tampa, training with other professional athletes at Yo Murphy Performance.