Seth Blair Player Pool Pitcher

       
 
Age: 31 
Born: March 3, 1989
Birthplace: Rock Falls, IL
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Comp round, 2010 by STL;
27th round, 2007 by OAK
How Acquired: Minor league free agent (Aug. 2020)
College: Arizona State
High School: Rock Falls (IL)
   

Photo © Kelly O'Connor
Seth Blair photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: July 30, 2010 (STL)
Signing Scout: Aaron Krawiec (STL)
Signing Bonus: $751,500
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2020
MLFA Eligible: November 2021
   
Pro Debut: April 9, 2011 (Quad Cities)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2020): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @sethablair

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Medium-sized, filled out frame. No projection. Thick lower half.

Mechanics: Clean over-the-top, downhill delivery. Starts on first base side of the rubber. Medium leg kick. Stays balanced, medium recoil. Average command.

Fastball: 92-95 mph. Tops out at 97 mph. Late sinking movement. Can flatten out when arm tires.

Curveball: 81-83 mph. Average pitch, has flashed plus in the past.

Changeup: 83-85 mph split changeup. Inconsistent pitch.

  Career Notes: Drafted by Oakland in 2007 but opted to attend Arizona St. Pitched for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League in 2009. One of the top pitchers in college baseball in 2010, leading to becoming a first round comp pick for the Cardinals. Suspended for the post-season in 2011 for violation of team rules. In April 2012, he was diagnosed with enchodroma, a benign tumor on his pitching hand. Had surgery, resulting in a loss of control. Released following the 2014 season and subsequently retired. Returned to baseball in 2019. Built a "Field of Dreams" style training facility in his backyard during COVID-19 which 15 pro prospects attended at various times. Rebuilt his mechanics to throw sidearm and was signed by Boston, pitching at the Alternate Training Site.

Summation: Nice comeback story. Has some potential as an opener or middle reliever. Likely profiles as an up-and-down bullpen arm.

Note: This page will be updated with a scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2008 Arizona State Pac10 NCAA --- 19 4 2 6.96 19 10 1 54.1 79 52 42 7 14 22 34 1.86 5.63 3.64
  2009 Arizona State Pac10 NCAA --- 20 7 2 3.39 17 13 1 77.0 70 42 29 5 14 30 78 1.30 9.12 3.51
  2010 Arizona State Pac10 NCAA --- 21 12 1 3.64 18 18 0 106.1 112 52 43 11 0 29 108 1.33 9.14 2.45
  2011 Quad Cities River Bandits Midw A StL 22 6 3 5.29 21 21 0 81.2 79 54 48 9 14 62 70 1.73 7.71 6.83
  2012 GCL Cardinals GCL Rk StL 23 0 0 0.00 2 1 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 1.00 3.00 6.00
  2012 Palm Beach Cardinals FSL A+ StL 23 1 3 5.40 5 5 0 16.2 18 12 10 1 0 14 12 1.92 6.48 7.56
  2013 Springfield Cardinals Tex AA StL 24 3 9 5.07 24 22 0 129.2 149 83 73 18 9 48 117 1.52 8.12 3.33
  2014 Springfield Cardinals Tex AA StL 25 5 7 5.99 26 11 1 73.2 78 53 49 9 8 51 48 1.75 5.86 6.23
  2014 Memphis Redbirds PCL AAA StL 25 0 0 6.35 6 0 0 5.2 5 8 4 1 0 7 4 2.12 6.35 11.12
  2019 Lake Elsinore Storm Calif A+ SD 26 2 3 4.11 17 2 0 35.0 31 20 16 5 2 14 47 1.29 12.09 3.60
  2020 MiLB Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 27 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
   
     
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2021 TBD     Bos 28     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2010 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year   -  
   

   
     
     
     
 
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