Blair showed that competitiveness and his talents in the 2012 Cape Cod League. A summer wood-bat league for college players, it boasts an alumni list that includes National League MVP and San Fransicso Giants catcher Buster Posey, Boston Red Sox All-Star outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and New York Mets young star pitcher Matt Harvey.
Blair led the 2012 Cape Cod League with a 1.17 ERA, going 6-0 and striking out 44 over 38.1 innings.
"Not very many people get to do that, and I'm grateful for the opportunity I had," he said. "It helped me a lot. My confidence after the summer ... I've always been a confident person, but after that summer and coming into this spring, my confidence level was really high. People were looking at me like I had a chance to do something special."
That confidence carried over into Marshall's 2013 season. Blair was named to the all-Conference USA first team after finishing with a 5-5 record and a 2.85 ERA, striking out 84 in 82 innings. He was twice named C-USA pitcher of the week and named national pitcher of the week by both the National College Baseball Writers Association and Louisville Slugger.
The only hiccup for Blair through the draft process was a report that he tested positive for Adderall in a pre-draft screening. The stimulant is banned by Major League Baseball, though players can get a medical exemption for it. Baseball America, who originally reported the news, also said it shouldn't hurt his draft stock at all.
That report came out after the Daily Mail's interview with Blair on Monday. Blair did not respond to a request for comment on the report, and declined comment through spokespeople to Baseball America.
Blair said Monday he's "95 percent sure" that he'll sign if drafted, barring any unpleasant surprises in where he's picked. Waggoner will miss him if he leaves, calling him a player that meant so much more to Marshall baseball than stats on paper.
"You just don't look at a guy like that and say, 'Oh, he just had a great arm,'" Waggoner said. "You get a lot of those guys in the draft and they're just great arms. Well, there's a lot more intangibles with that. His baseball IQ, the teammate he was, just being able to talk baseball with him and be around him. He's a great kid to be around. That's the thing you'll miss more than anything else."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.