Blair signing rounds out D-backs' top nine Draft picks

Blair signing rounds out D-backs' top nine Draft picks

PHOENIX -- The D-backs signed right-hander Aaron Blair out of Marshall University on Saturday. Taken No. 36 overall in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft with the club's Competitive Balance pick, Blair was the last of Arizona's first nine draftees to sign.

According to Baseball America, the D-backs inked the 21-year-old for a $1.435 million signing bonus, slightly below the $1,547,700 assigned slot value given to the pick.

Standing 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Blair has a three-pitch mix, including a fastball that can touch 94 mph and a curveball and changeup. He can throw strikes with all three, and he has some late sink to his fastball.

Pitching for Marshall, he went 5-5 with a 2.85 ERA last season, earning All-Conference USA first-team honors.

With Blair signed, the highest of Arizona's Draft picks yet to agree to a deal is Jimmie Sherfy, a relief pitcher from the University of Oregon taken in the 10th round.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.