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4.120 Cleveland Indians - Kyle Blair, RHP, San Diego

The Indians spent the 120th overall pick on Kyle Blair.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Kyle Blair   Position: RHP   School: San Diego   State: CA   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’4’’   Weight: 220

Birth Date: 9/27/88   Seiler Rating: 1C3   Last Drafted: 2007 (LAD-5)

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2008

8

4

3.86

16

12

0

74.2

62

36

32

3

34

99

2009

3

2

3.13

10

8

2

54.2

74

33

19

2

18

62

2010

8

4

2.99

14

14

0

90.1

72

41

30

2

28

118


Kyle Blair is a top college starter originally from a California town on the outskirts of San Jose. He was a very heavily-recruited and heavily-scouted prep arm, and he went to the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. He didn’t sign, and landed with much fanfare at San Diego. He’s had his ups and downs with the Toreros, but when healthy, he’s done nothing but dominate. After a great freshman debut, Blair missed time during his sophomore campaign with shoulder stiffness, and since there’s still concern over his long-term durability, teams are being cautious with his shoulder. He returned with a great summer on the Cape last summer, and he entered the spring with good draft stock. His junior spring started off well, but after a few rough starts, he saw his draft stock headed down. He’s since recovered and may be rising very quickly up boards, as he was one of the hottest starters in early May. He features an average 90-92 mph fastball with arm side run that gets above-average grades, but his best pitch is a plus slider. It’s easily one of the best current breaking balls in the entire class. He plays off his slider too much, but a pro pitching program can help with that. His changeup flashes average, and it should make for a solid third pitch. His three pitch mix is considered mid-rotation starter material. His frame isn’t projectable, but what you see is what you get, and that’s a great college prospect. He could as high as the tail end of the first round to a team such as the Rays that will be looking for signability, but he fits better in the second and third rounds and should be signable.