In recent drafts, the Angels had targeted young, athletic outfielders in the early rounds. Pearson, who was Louisiana's Gatorade state player of the year in 2017, fits that description and was taken in the third round, given an above-pick value bonus of $1 million to forego his LSU commitment. After struggling a bit in his pro debut, he was sent to the Twins for international bonus pool money, used to help bring Shohei Ohtani to Anaheim.
The Twins liked Pearson in the Draft, but the Angels got to him first, so they're happy to have his athleticism and offensive potential in the fold. There's a power-speed mix to tap into, with 20-20 potential if everything clicks. A left-handed hitter, Pearson utilizes a simple approach with good bat speed and an ability to backspin the ball when he's locked in, pointing to hitting for average and power. He's a plus runner who should be able to steal some bases and cover ground in the outfield. While he played center field in high school, he played left during his pro debut, as his well below-average arm, which is still coming back from labrum surgery after his sophomore year of high school, might be better suited for that corner.
Moving to the corner might put more pressure on him to produce offensively, but he has the potential to profile well there.
LF Jacob Pearson assigned to Minnesota Twins.
LF Jacob Pearson assigned to Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Los Angeles Angels traded LF Jacob Pearson to Minnesota Twins for Future Considerations.