The regular season for the Double A Mobile BayBears is coming to an end with playoffs on the horizon. If Mobile is to claim another Southern League Championship for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization, one of the key pieces could very well be top pitching prospect Aaron Blair. The 36th overall pick of the 2013 Draft continues to have an impressive 2014 season, one that may have him enter Spring Training 2015 with an outside chance to be a member of the Arizona rotation.
The 22-year old Blair had another solid outing Sunday evening but did not get the decision in Mobile’s 5-4 victory over the Huntsville Stars. He went six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, walking one and striking out four. His only mistake was serving up a two-run home run to Hector Gimenez in the fourth inning. Other than that, it was vintage Blair as he threw a total of 88 pitches, 55 of them for strikes. In 41 1/3 innings for the BayBears, he has walked only ten and hit two batters. He also has surrendered only 28 hits while fanning 39. Opponents are hitting .192 against the Marshall University product and his ERA is now 2.18.
Mobile’s current starting rotation features three first round picks: Blair, Archie Bradley and Braden Shipley. Out of those three, Blair was the one who entered 2014 with the least name recognition. After 2014, he will have been the one with the most impressive season.