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SS Pat Blair drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 12th Round

After being drafted by the Houston Astros in the 24th round last season, Pat Blair returned to Wake Forest. He saw this pay off today as he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 12th round this season.

Pat Blair, a shortstop who recently finished up his collegiate career at Wake Forest, was just selected in the 12th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. He was the 368th overall pick in the draft.

He was selected by the Houston Astros in the 24th round last year but decided to come back to Wake Forest to raise his stock and get his college degree. While Blair comes in at just 5'10", 180 pounds, he has a phenomenal eye for pitches, ranking 3rd in the country in walks (57 walks in 55 games). This is especially impressive because not a lot of people pitched around him this year, and nearly all of his walks were earned.

Blair batted .275 for his career, but thanks to his ability to take walks, had an impressive .400 OBP. His senior season he finished with a .283 batting average and .459 OBP.

He is a versatile player who can play many different positions if asked to, and since he moved up to the 12th round will almost certainly sign since his collegiate eligibility is expired. While he may not be a superstar, I expect Blair to move up over a few seasons in the minor leagues and hopefully get a shot at the Big Leagues a few years out.

Here are a couple of draft profiles on him from The Crawfish Boxes (Astros SBNation site), and Prospect Digest.

Congratulations Pat, and the best of luck to you in your major league ventures!