Aaron Blair

Born: 05/26/1992 (Age: 27)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: Over the top
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 250
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd. (CBA, #36 overall), 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ARI); Acquired in trade for S. Miller by SD 11/13/15 (ATL)
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: August 16th, 2016
Dates Seen: 7/27/16
Level: Triple-A
Affiliate: Gwinnett Braves
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Physical Description
Tall, physical; Thick through lower half; long armed and high waisted
Mechanical Notes
Works from hybrid windup; hands start at chest; stab to medium/long arm circle; rotates hip to over-closed at top of leg lift; hides ball well; slight rush forward with body on foot strike; arm will drag occasionally; lands online; repeatable delivery; 1.4-to1.5 seconds to plate.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2016 45 55 Role 50: #4 Starter Moderate
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 55 55 92-94 96 Downhill plane; command to outer half; some late run when thrown arm side.
Downhill plane; command to outer half; some late run when thrown arm side.
Curveball
Curveball 30 40 79-81 81 Loose and loopy; arm late on this pitch; misses up; used primarily early in count.
Loose and loopy; arm late on this pitch; misses up; used primarily early in count.
Slider
Slider 45 55 83-84 85 Showed snap down in zone; put away pitch to RHH; go-to pitch in high-leverage situations.
Showed snap down in zone; put away pitch to RHH; go-to pitch in high-leverage situations.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 50 55 82-85 87 Late fade; matches fastball release point; average- to above-average offering; used in all counts; viable out pitch to LHH
Late fade; matches fastball release point; average- to above-average offering; used in all counts; viable out pitch to LHH
Overall Command
Overall Command 40 50  
Overall Control
Overall Control 45 50  
Overall Summary
Physical back-end starter with fairly clean mechanics; has a tendency to rotate his front hip beyond square at balance point which hides the ball well, but leads to some flyout in his drive to the plate. He shows mild rush forward on foot strike, leading to some arm drag, especially on the curveball. When he is in sequence, he gets downhill with his fastball, which shows run when thrown to the arm side and consistent command to the glove side down in the zone. Shows feel and confidence with slider and changeup. Overall aggressive approach, attacking hitters and working around the zone. Two average-to-above average off-speed pitches play up off an above-average fastball. Projects to be a solid #4 starter if he can work through command/control issues.