An oft-forgotten, but important by-product of the disappointing deal was the supplemental first round draft compensation selection the Cardinals received when DeRosa departed as a free agent. The pick, 46th overall in this June's draft, was used to secure the services of Arizona State right-hander Seth Blair.
After a family trip to meet with Cardinals officials in St. Louis during which Blair did not address the media, the 21-year-old's signing was announced on July 30 for a reported $751,500, at slot. He was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League, but does not seem destined to appear in game action any time soon due to a combination of his college workload and time off since.
After had completed a bullpen workout earlier this week, I spoke with the newest Cardinals signee about his college experiences, the signing process, his pitching style and more.
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