Meet the Players: Zach Blatt
Zach Blatt is one of only 5 true freshman on Auburn's 2009 Roster. Listed as a RHP on the roster; I'm not sure if Blatt will redshirt of if he could see some action out of the bullpen.
From his Auburn bio:
2008 Alabama High School Class 6A Pitcher of the Year ... 2008 ASWA Super All-State ... 2008 Opelika-Auburn News Player of the Year ... Went 12-2 with a 1.56 ERA and 105 strikeouts as a senior ... Also hit .369 with 48 RBI ... Helped lead OHS to a runner-up finish in the 2008 state championships
Blatt had a stellar high school career helping the Opelika Bulldogs to their best season in school history. Blatt had argueably his best game in the first round of the 2008 6A Playoffs against Northview:
...owned Northview (Dothan) in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs as the Bulldogs swept the best-of-three series, 5-1 and 12-0. Blatt pitched a complete game four-hitter, striking out nine in Game 1 and ripped a two-run single.
Former Auburn coach Tom Slater also sang his praises:
"Zach is a local talent that is a very good athlete and a great competitor," Slater said. "He is a strike-thrower with a hard slider. He has a bulldog mentality and I just love his makeup. We are really excited about what he can do here next year. Once he is concentrating solely on baseball, he should really take off.
For all intents and purposes, he's just concentrating on baseball. The football team is pretty solid on punters and Blatt's first love is baseball.
One final note on Blatt. He was a member of Baseball America's "Baseball Factory", a scouting group that:
... is widely recognized as the leader in player development and college placement in the U.S. The unique combination of pro evaluations, fully edited player videos, professional instruction, tournaments, and ongoing guidance has created college placement success stories for thousands of players.
At an event in 2006, when Blatt was just a rising junior, he was nothing but impressive. Getting notices for Top Arm Strength and being listed with a 6.93 60 yard dash (coming in second). He didn't get any notices for velocity. That went to fellow Auburn signee Adam Purdy, with a 90 mph fastball.
As of this post no one really knows what Blatt's role will be. My guess would in a middle reliever/inning chewer position while he working on increasing either his velocity or his control.