'It checked all the boxes': Former Fargo North, Post 2 pitcher Blazek transferring to Gophers for baseball
Fargo North graduate Cam Blazek is transferring to the University of Minnesota to play baseball for the Golden Gophers.
FARGO — The University of Minnesota had everything Cameron Blazek wanted for his final season of college baseball — including being closer to home and the chance to play in the Big Ten Conference.
"It just made too much sense and it checked all the boxes," said Blazek, a 2018 Fargo North High School graduate.
Blazek announced Thursday, July 28, he is headed to the Golden Gophers as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining. He previously played for Neosho County Community College and New Mexico State, spending two seasons in each program.
A right-handed pitcher, Blazek was used in both starting and relief roles in his two seasons with the D-I Aggies in Las Cruces. Blazek said he also considered a grad transfer to Michigan State, which is also in the Big Ten.
“It’s something that everybody dreams of and being able to do that at a school that I’ve always kind of admired and looked up to and being able to play close to home, as well, it’s kind of a dream come true," Blazek said of playing for the Golden Gophers.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Blazek was a four-year starter at North and also played three summers of American Legion baseball for Fargo Post 2 prior to his college career.
Blazek posted a 2-3 record with a 7.55 ERA in 15 appearances, including five starts, for the Aggies last season. The elevation of Las Cruces is around 3,900 feet above sea level.
“Playing in the (higher) elevation down there, the numbers get inflated," Blazek said. "But I was happy with my performance last year.”
In 2021, Blazek posted a 3-1 record with a 5.28 ERA in eight appearances, including five starts for New Mexico State. Blazek said his fastball peaks around 94 miles per hour to go along with a changeup, curveball and slider.
“They said innings are open to be earned," Blazek said of his potential role with the Gophers. "I’ve started in the past at my previous schools and I’ve also relieved, so I’m comfortable out of both roles.”