As we ring in the new year it’s time to take a look at the top Diamondbacks prospects for 2014. Today I highlight Aaron Blair one of the Snakes top pitching prospects behind Archie Bradley and Braden Shipley. One of the reasons why the Diamondbacks are one of best trade partners in the MLB is their depth in the farm system. That is how they acquired both Mark Trumbo and Addison Reed giving up Matt Davidson, Adam Eaton, and Tyler Skaggs.
Prospect Profile: The 6-foot-4 220 pound right-hander was previously drafted in the late rounds of the 2010 draft by the Houston Astros but he declined deciding to continue his college devolpment at Marshall. He had a great career at at the school averaging nearly one strikeout per inning. Blair was a starter in the Cape Cod League last summer summer for the Yarmouth-Dennis Redsox, going 6-0 with 60 strikeouts in 51 innings. He was drafted 36th overall by the Diamondbacks in last years first year player draft.
Scouting Report courtesy of Bleacher Report: Very durable body. He is a great innings eater and has good mechanics using his long legs to get great life on the fastball. Blair pitches in the strike zone almost all the time and is not an injury risk. The righty has an above average 92-94 mph fastball with a big stride and a three quarters delivery that induces a lot of weak contact. Generates ground balls with consistency. His slider is below average due to lack of velocity and inconsistent shape. Solid changeup with a potential for more sitting in the 82-85 mph. His control is solid; he is a strike thrower but has problems throwing strikes with offspeed pitches. Blair’s command is not the best but his stuff is good enough where he can get away with mistakes.
MLB ETA: 2016
Good number 4 starter that compares to Lance Lynn. Should develop another pitch before making the majors.