While Archie Bradley and Braden Shipley are the bigger names, Aaron Blair is the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching prospect who has been shining in 2014. He is on a 14 consecutive scoreless inning streak and has struck out ten and walked only two over his last two outings.In six starts for the Double A Mobile BayBears, Blair is 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA.
Blair, considered the #4 prospect in the D’backs’ organization according to mlb.com, also swings a nice bat. I was remiss in not mentioning this fact in a previous post when he homered on August 8th (thank you Mr. Blair). But certainly it is his arm that is opening eyes throughout the system. Blair possesses a fastball in the low 90’s with a complimentary changeup and curve. He has an outstanding strikeout-to-walk ratio of 35 to 9 for the BayBears. In 35 2/3 AA innings, he has also allowed only 24 hits. It is this line from mlb.com’s Prospect Watch that has me pretty excited:
his advanced pitchability could have him moving quickly toward the Major Leagues.
Does that mean we will see Blair in Arizona later this year? Tough to say as he has already thrown 143 1/3 innings. Still, that would be something to look forward to in an increasingly depressed season for the Snakes.