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Diamondbacks’ Prospect Aaron Blair Sparkles in Return


Mar 1, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Aaron Blair (70) poses for a portrait during Photo Day at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Blair had himself a little working vacation earlier this month. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ top pitching prospect represented the United States in the Pan American Games. On July 13th, the right-hander earned a victory by allowing two runs in five innings as the U.S. defeated Colombia by a score of 5-3. Team USA went on to lose the gold medal game to Canada in a thrilling, 7-6 ten inning affair. It was now time for Blair to resume his regular duties.

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On Friday, he returned to the mound for the Reno Aces to face the Las Vegas 51’s. The 23-year old Blair proceeded to turn in an outstanding performance by allowing two earned runs in seven innings as Reno defeated its in-state rival by a score of 12-2. Of course, when your team scores seven runs in the first inning, your job becomes that much easier. Blair allowed seven hits and walked one while striking out five. He improved to 3-1 in five starts for the Aces, lowering his ERA to 4.55.

Friday marked the third time in four appearances that Blair allowed two runs or less. With the Arizona rotation seeming to be a work in progress, it is almost assured that we will see the Marshall product in the Majors when September arrives.