Blair, Lindsey and Walker impress
Arizona State right-hander Seth Blair came out of the chute throwing bullets this spring, reportedly touching 98 mph in his first outing of the spring, but he has settled in since then as a 90-94 guy who might flash 95 or 96 once or twice a game. He was excellent for five innings against Cal on Friday night, pitching aggressively with the fastball, especially to his arm side. His slider was soft in the first inning but became sharper in the second with good tilt at 78-84 mph, and he also threw a few curveballs, an average changeup at 79-82 and even a couple of splitters, although I think ultimately he's a fastball-slider-changeup guy in pro ball who might use the curveball as a "show-me" pitch (meaning something he throws two or three times a game just to remind hitters that he has it). He throws from a 3/4 slot and his hand travels a long way from separation to release, with his pitching elbow going just above his shoulder before he pronates it. In the sixth inning, Blair's velocity was still good but he started finding the barrels of Cal's bats with both his fastball and slider, and since he's not a big, physical kid, there will probably be teams that view him as a reliever in the long term.
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