Monar selected by Nationals in 12th round

Indiana had its second player taken in the Major League Baseball draft. Left-handed pitcher Blake Monar went in the 12th round to the Washington Nationals.

After sitting out most of last season with an arm injury, Monar was 6-3 with a 3.52 earned run average this season. He struck out 61 batters in 79 1/3 innings pitched.

Monar was also drafted out of South Spencer High School in Rockport in the 26th round by the New York Yankees.

UPDATE, 4:49 p.m. : Monar’s presumption is that he will forego his senior season at Indiana, but he does plan on using his draft leverage. He will be asking for more than 12th round slot money, and believes he can get it.

“I’m pretty confident I won’t be back,” Monar said. “I’ll get higher than 12th round slot money. There will be a lot of negotiations, but I’m confident I’ll get more than 12th round slot.”

What the Nationals will be paying him to do, exactly, is another question. Monar has three solid pitches — a fastball, curveball and change-up — but the curve is the only one that appears to be a plus pitch and the fastball tops out in the low 90s. Though Monar has been a starter for most of his career, he knows there’s a chance he could go to the bullpen and a likelihood that he’ll have to develop most of his pitches to advance.

“We’ll see if a team puts me in the bullpen or not,” Monar said. “I need to work on refining a few pitches and command and really just work on everything I have.”

5 comments

  1. I think your article needs to be updated as it is incorrect in regard to where his fastball tops out. I sat behind the scouts and watched the radar gun for 5-6 of his starts this season, and he consistently sat around 89-91 and topped out at 92 more than once. That’s a big difference from topping out in the high 80’s.

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