Let’s start with the drool. Here’s Nate Pearson:

Wipes sweat bead from forehead, takes a long drawn-out beat, then, “Damn.” Here’s what else he does to hitters:

Wanna know how good a guy is? Watch how hitters attack, or in this case, try to attack him. These two examples of Nate Pearson’s butter don’t even show his 99 MPH cheddar. That cheese, if you will, is the reason why these hitters are looking so bad. Imagine sitting on a 99 MPH fastball, then this filth is dropped into the zone. You can’t hit anything there without guessing. You sit dead-red heat on his fastball, one of the best in the minors, and he drops in an 86 MPH change or a slider or a curve. Batter, batter, can’t touch butter! You can hope he doesn’t locate on one of the pitches, but last year, across three levels of the minors ending in Triple-A, he had a 119/27 K/BB. Yes, that’s beautiful. I guess you can argue that minor leaguers aren’t waiting on a pitch like major leaguers, but have you seen strikeout rates recently in the majors? Pearson’s going to chew up hitters and spit them into a barrel and send that barrel over Niagara, saying, “Get the f*** out of Canada!” So, what can we expect from Nate Pearson for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

He’s ranked 34th by Prospect Itch in his top 50 prospects for 2020 fantasy baseball and is 7th on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list. Prospect Itch says of Pearson, “There’s probably somebody somewhere who thinks Nate Pearson is the best pitching prospect in baseball. If so, I doubt we’d find a long line of people willing to call it ridiculous. I used the phrase “bully on the mound” when discussing Luis Frias, and Pearson is a bully to the bullies. I don’t mean to glorify a base evil of humanity but to describe how the combination of a power pitcher’s stuff, pace, pitch mix and demeanor can make him the big kid on the playground. Think Max Scherzer. There’s a momentum to it. At some point you’re fighting gravity in the dugout. Nate Pearson is gravity. Speaking of gravity, when will something big fall on Grey?” Hey, cmon! I haven’t pinged Prospect Itch, and I’m sure he has a reason, but I’m surprised Pearson isn’t higher in his top 50. If I had to guess, I’d say because all pitching prospects are a mess for fantasy, i.e., TINSTAPP. Or maybe it’s because he’s in a tough division. Or maybe a combo of that. Or maybe I should’ve just asked him. Steamer rookie projections aren’t that favorable to Pearson either, but, again, my eyes are saying he’s Chris Paddack last year just in need of a starting job. Either way, I didn’t rank Nate Pearson in my top 100 starters for 2020 fantasy baseball, and I’m not adding him right now, but if I were doing my rankings over, I would add him around 100-ish (out of 150-ish starters in a top 100; don’t ask). When baseball returns, and the Jays say Pearson is in the rotation (or even bullpen), I will add him. He’s a great dart throw towards the end of drafts. A…*pinkie to mouth*…Draft throw! Hmm, needs work.

 
  1. Member Berries says:
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    Thanks to Ralph, I invested heavily in Pearson in my keeper leagues early 2019. Flipped him in two leagues this spring – pre-rona. That’s the end of that cool story.

    Kid looks nasty tho

    2020 MLB is going to throw everything out of whack. I’m all in for a complete revamp: Robot umps, universal DH, ghost baserunners, allow ties, and grey manages the Mets from his remote office.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That was a cool one, MB!

      Nasty!

      Yes, yes and YES!

    • baby seal says:
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      What did you get for him when you flipped him?

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!!

    Amazing dart throw report!!

    a. Have Pearson, so definitely keeping this one. Is it okay to have two of these dart throws on your pitching staff? I have Kopech and Pearson. Maybe I can combine them for Clevinger for someone who thinks they’ll be that good, right? Grey?

    b. Any news on Puig signing? Grimey, all eyes are on you! Get it? He’s supposed to sign with SF. Grimey, don’t let me down.

    c. MLB quote of the day for June 23, 1967

    ‘When I gave up a grand slam to Pete LaCock, I knew it was time to quit.’

    Robert ‘Bob’ Gibson, aka ‘Gibby’ and ‘Hoot’ (after actor Hoot Gibson, apparently he was a hoot). His accolades are many however…

    1. Most consecutive quality starts=26!
    2. Lowest live ball era single season ERA=1.12, 3rd lowest all time!
    3. Most strikeouts in a WS game=17!!, game 1 of the 1968 WS

    On the civil rights movement, he and 2 other team mates made the Cardinals’ the first team to end segregation. Boo-ya!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • baby seal says:
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      a. Definitely OK! Hopefully you have some nice starters to anchor the front-end. You could get light on IP though, so would keep an eye on that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Little ol’ me?!

      A. Yes, get crazy!

      B. Giants, maybe, but nothing official

      C. Haha, awesome!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        Thanks, man!

        a. I know you’re ribbing me over my containment on the word ‘awesome’ to describe your reports after Chata chewed me out. Gotta be woke on all fronts!

        b. Add Mackenzie Gore over Wander Franco in this lineup for a 5×5 RCL for 2020 on the ‘rona timeline?

        Alfaro
        Olson
        Moustakas
        JRamirez
        Lindor
        CWalker
        Dozier
        Akiyama
        Peralta
        Schwarber
        Soler
        MallexSmith
        Bench – Madrigal, WFranco

        SP – Kopech, Giolito, SGray, Lynn, Odorizzi, Robbie Ray, Pearson
        RP – Yates, Hand and Emilio Pagan

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. I personally enjoy an awesome

          B. Meh, I’d hold for now

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!

            Thanks, man!

            You’re a part pooper, but I will listen this time! Haha, I promise. Just wondering, though. Gore shouldn’t be unowned even in a redraft, right?

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, I like Gore, but you have a flyer on Pearson, so one SP flyer is fine

        • baby seal says:
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          I would probably do it. Or drop / trade Mallex and grab Gore.

          • baby seal says:
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            And, I get the sense you really like Pagan, but I’d consider him over Gore too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Pagan is whatever if you want the Gore flyer

              • baby seal says:
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                Totally

    • baby seal says:
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      Nice one!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roger’s being drafted too high for me

    • 183414 says:
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      ….and he’s not in the HOF because why ?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He should be in

        • baby seal says:
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          100%!

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Some voters still hold it against him being implicated in the Mitchell Report

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s BS

          • baby seal says:
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            You say my name? haha

        • 183414 says:
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          HOF a joke. No Clemens; no Bonds; No Shoeless Joe; No Rose; No Steinbrenner.; No Schilling.

          Took them 40 years to put in Marvin Miller, AFTER Buddy Selig. Freaking joke. No Jim Kaat, but Jim Rice.

          Clemens the best pitcher in your lifetime, including Petey.

          • Coolwhip

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            especially now with the whole Astros debacle. No penalties for them but Pete, Joe, Bonds et al are still f***ed.

            • Dave D says:
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              Totally correct

  3. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    And if this 3 division thing happens, he gets to play with the Mets, pirates, and marlins a bunch!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, yeah, true…Hadn’t thought of that, because I don’t think that’s actually happening, but maybe, who knows

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Yeah me neither

  4. LOLmets says:
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    It’s been six weeks of this. The point is to slow the curve not completely eradicate the virus. Most people who get the virus get better with no medical attention (some of them don’t even show symptoms). Its time. We did our part. Let’s get going.

    Stay off social media and fight the fear.

    • baby seal says:
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      States are rolling out their plans to return to normalcy… everyone is in a different spot. What’s the issue?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Starting to seem more optimistic by the day

      • baby seal says:
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        I was surprised some ppl out there, like I saw Alex Chamberlain say he’s somehow *more* pessimistic than before…? Doesn’t make any sense to me. He said because they keep changing the plan so much each week.

        Think he was already very skeptical on the szn happening, so just talking his book. A lot of people like to be negative bc they want to sound smart.

        It’s almost objectively getting more and more optimistic. The plans are actually *starting* to make sense. Definitely not a time to double down on being negative, IMO.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, there’s been no actual change…If there’s no plan in place by June, then I’ll start to get worried, but it’s not even May yet

          • baby seal says:
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            Pretty much exactly. “Almost objectively” haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

      • 183414 says:
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        just the opposite in california.

      • Dave D says:
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        Except Gavin who is a small man trying to act as a big one. Lets not forget he betrayed his close friend, who was also his campaign manager, by screwing his wife while he was still married to Kimberly Guilfoyle . He’s experienced at betrayal. Some would even surmise he gets off on it.

    • 183414 says:
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      Agree 100%, but our prick dictator Newscum just permanently closed the beaches b/c a couple of miscreants said people were having too much fun. Should have impeached this putz when they had the chance.

      • Cram It says:
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        I’m angry at everything! Blargh!

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        i saw the beach pictures , there were people but the were pretty far apart and the ones in small groups were probably families. They take the pictures from angles to make it suit the narratives dem take a low angle to look like everyone close, repubs take the overhead shot to show spacing.

      • Dave D says:
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        If he bans surfing I guarantee he will have a civil insurrection on his hands and it will come from the surf community. What the kids in the skatepark did was nothing. Most of the surf community is passionate about our sport to a degree he cannot fathom. The surfing message boards are going crazy already with plans for civil disobedience and defiance. If Noose-‘em tries such a stunt he will lose bigly and he plunge like Icarus and many will cheer.

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          Civil insurrection haha ok

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Oh jeez get off your high horse

  5. Kelly Denzik says:
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    great dart,i have in 4 of 5 current leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, AL!

  6. Coolwhip

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    I haven’t been this amped for a pitching prospect since, well, Paddack like you said lsat year. haha. But feels like its been 3 years. I grabbed him in the RazzSlam and have him on my dynasty teams… love it! and him. MacKenzie Gore is the top pitcher prospect (maybe because of path?), but for some reason he doesn’t feel quite as sexy as Pearson.

    • baby seal says:
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      I like Gore and Howard better for 2020 redraft… what do you think about what I said below regarding selling in a dynasty?

      I know that would be *veryyyyy* tough to do — much easier said than done!

      What kind of return could you get, or would you demand for him? Thanks!

      • Coolwhip

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        In redraft yeah Howard is probably better move, feels like Gore will have a spot too. In dynasty I definitely like Pearson over Howard, has better fastball and command.

        What would I want? So in dynasty formats, i’m usually a builder. So considering his ceiling I would be very unlikely to trade him. But if I wanted to make a run and could clear that wall mentally, I’d want a difference maker like maybe top 50 impact.

        • Coolwhip

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          The other thing is, Pearson is just one Shoemaker injury away from a starting gig… and right now the over/under for that is like 20 innings lol.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, yeah, Shoemaker ain’t making it to July and, if they start games in July, welp

        • baby seal says:
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          I don’t do dynasty so forgive me if these are bad questions haha. Just trying to get an idea here. But I’d love to join one if anyone has an open spot!

          So like straight up for an Albies, Ketel, Hiura — or are those guys too young?

          Maybe Xander, Baez, Meadows?

          Something along those lines?

          • Coolwhip

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            For me, yes i would want someone along those lines.

            • baby seal says:
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              Cool, thanks!

            • Wake Up says:
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              I’d take any of this 6 all day

        • Agree with most of this except Howard has a little better command at the moment and that’s why I like him more for this year. Long term Pearson definitely.

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            I don’t like legit comment Wake
            I prefer comments like when you asked
            If it was time to drop Skaggs
            Prolly just me tho

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I liked when Wake introduced me to sea otters who can’t take no for answer

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                Yes thank you
                That’s what I’m talking about.
                Btw worst Tribal ever amiright?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m not down with this “live tribal” thing…You can’t play along at home at all — it nulls all that came before it

              • Michelle Wolf is the one who told me about it…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Figures, with animal connection