RENO - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named right-handed pitcher Aaron Blair (@A_Blair19) the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year, as announced by D-backs Director, Player Development Mike Bell.
In 13 games (12 starts) with the Aces, Blair was 7-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 77 innings. He allowed 67 hits, 27 walks and racked up 56 strikeouts while holding the Pacific Coast League to a .236 batting average.
Blair was transferred from Double-A Mobile on June 17. With the BayBears, Blair was 6-3 with a 2.70 in 13 starts and was named a Southern League midseason All-Star.
He was selected as Reno's Pitcher of the Month for August when he finished with a 3-1 record with a 2.40 ERA in five starts. Following August, Blair was 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in two games (one start) in September.
From June 28 - September 1, Blair made 11 consecutive starts in which he threw at least six innings. The streak is the longest in the Aces' seven-year history. In 12 total starts, Blair recorded nine quality starts.
Blair won a silver medal with Team USA in the Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada. He is the second D-backs prospect to earn Pitcher of the Year honors in consecutive seasons, joining Brad Penny who garnered the honor in 1997-98.
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