Vlad Jr., Pearson flash velocity in Fall Stars win

November 4th, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A pair of Blue Jays top prospects created quite the buzz with the velocities they produced on the mound and at the plate for the West team in Saturday's Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. The West beat the East, 7-6, on a walk-off single from Royals prospect .
:: 2018 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game ::
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect, posted the event's top exit velocity when he scorched a 117 mph double off the left-field wall in the fifth inning. For context, only 15 Major Leaguers have registered hits on balls hit 117+ mph since Statcast™ debuted in 2015.
The double was the lone hit in five trips to the plate for Guerrero, who also reached via a walk and an error. The 19-year-old phenom has been one of the Arizona Fall League's top hitters so far, as he entered the game with a .393 average through 15 games after slashing .381/.437/.636 and reaching Triple-A during the regular season.
Nate Pearson, meanwhile, showed elite velocity in his start for the West. Specifically, the Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect (No. 90 overall) touched 104 mph with a fastball that never registered below 101 mph as he struck out two in his lone inning.

"The highest I've ever hit before today was 102 mph," Pearson said. "I saw 104 mph and I was kind of skeptical if it was actually real, but everyone in the dugout was freaking out, so I guess it was pretty legit. I knew I was only going one inning, so I was just going to let it go …really try to throw as hard as I can and give the guys my best stuff."
Blue Jays No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio also swung the bat well in the contest, hitting a 102 mph single to right field before adding a 97 mph lineout to shortstop later in the game.