Shocking phone call leads Rebel product to new MLB team
Jacob Pearson was back in West Monroe and eating dinner with family when he got a shocking call.
His agent told him via phone that he was traded.
Now Pearson is on the move from one Major League team to a new destination. Pearson, a part of the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim organization since being drafted in June, was part of a blockbuster trade to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
“I was shocked,” Pearson said. “It happened all in a span of about 20 minutes and I have just now had time to really react to it. I am excited.”
The move made waves around Major League Baseball and the national media outlets because hours later it was announced that the Angels had won the rights to sign Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani.
The move for Pearson going to Minnesota is seen as part of the way the Angels were in position to finalize a deal for Ohtani.
“It is crazy,” Pearson said of possibly being involved in a deal that could involve a future MLB Hall of Famer if scouting reports come true. “It just showews the Twins have a lot of respect for me and interest in me. I think the Angels, too, made a good move, and I know they are excited and I am excited as well.”
Pearson said he is not sure of his new team within the Twins’ farm system yet, but Cedar Rapids could be a destination soon for the hard-hitting outfielder.
Ohtani is known in some baseball circles as the “Babe Ruth of Japan” and has excelled at both pitching and hitting while earning Pacific League MVP honors in 2016 in Japan.
Shortly after helping West Monroe High School reach the LHSAA Class 5A state finals and graduating, Pearson was drafted in June by the Angels. Pearson appeared in 40 games this summer for the Angels in the Arizona League. Pearson batted .226 with seven doubles and 13 RBIs.
“When I started off (in the minors) my body was in a bit of shock,” Pearson said. “It was 8-10 hours a day of practice and games. A lot of working out and hitting and throwing. After a few weeks that was tough on my body, but I have adjusted and everything got better.”
Pearson is enjoying time back home in West Monroe where it all started and he said the support continues to amazing from the community.
“It is awesome,” Pearson said. “Everybody has shown so much love. I can’t thank them enough.”
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