PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks chose right-hander Aaron Blair of Marshall with the 36th pick in the Competitive Balance Round A, the highest selection in Marshall baseball history.
He was the first member of the Thundering Herd to go in one of the first 10 rounds since Jeff Montgomery was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth round of the 1983 draft.
Blair, a 21st round pick in 2010 by the Houston Astros out of Spring Valley High School, took the label of the program's top draft selection from Joe Goddard, an eighth-round pick (175 overall) by the San Diego Padres in 1971.
Blair was the highest draft selection from a state school since West Virginia University pitcher Chris Enochs went in the first round (11th overall) to the Oakland Athletics in 1997.
Blair was the first Conference USA player to be drafted in 2013 and the 14th player in the history of the league to be selected prior to the second round. He was the first C-USA pitcher to go in either the first round or the first compensation round since the Washington Nationals took Bryan Price of Rice as a supplemental pick (45th overall) in 2008.
Blair also became the 17th draft selection under Marshall head coach Jeff Waggoner since 2008.
In three seasons with Marshall, Blair amassed 200 strikeouts in 202 innings of work, a feat that ranked him sixth all-time among Marshall's strikeouts leaders. Blair had an earned run average of 3.30 during his time with the Herd.
Blair was 5-5 with a 2.85 ERA this season.