D-backs prospect Blair keeps firing blanks

D-backs prospect Blair keeps firing blanks

Right-hander Aaron Blair, the D-backs' No. 4 prospect, struck out seven batters in six scoreless innings Monday as Double-A Mobile defeated Mississippi, 4-2.

Blair, ranked No. 83 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, threw 78 pitches, scattering four hits and one walk. He threw six scoreless innings for the second consecutive start and extended his shutout streak to 14 innings.

Blair has had a sensational first full professional season after the D-backs selected him with the 36th overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He began the year with Class A South Bend and earned two promotions to reach Mobile last month.

In 25 starts across all three levels, he is 9-5 with a 3.70 ERA. He has struck out 160 batters and walked 44 in 143 1/3 innings. He ranks second in the Minor Leagues in strikeouts, trailing Class A Advanced Dunedin right-hander Taylor Cole by two.

Third baseman Brandon Drury, the D-backs' No. 6 prospect, went 2-for-4 in the victory, extending his hitting streak to seven games. He is hitting .362/.406/.638 in 16 games since he was promoted from Class A Advanced Visalia at the beginning of August.

-- Teddy Cahill

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