Cardinals Prospect Interview: Seth Blair

Brian Walton talks with the Cardinals' supplemental first-round pick, taken 46th overall in the 2010 draft, now with the Batavia Muckdogs.

Much has already been written about the St. Louis Cardinals trade with the Cleveland Indians last June, the one that brought them Mark DeRosa in exchange for Tribe closer Chris Perez and reliever Jess Todd.

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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