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Nick Blackburn

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 240   DOB: 2/24/1982   BORN: Ada, OK   COLLEGE: Seminole State (OK)   DRAFTED: 29th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Nick Blackburn Contract Information:

Blackburn signed a four-year, $14 million contract extension in March 2010. It includes a $8 million club option for the 2014 season.

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Minnesota has declined the $8 million option for 2014 in Blackburn's contract, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Nick Blackburn Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2005 23 AA NEW 7 7 0 49.0 35 10 1 27 10 2 4 0 1.84 0.92
2005 23 AAA ROC 3 3 0 14.0 20 8 2 7 3 0 0 0 5.14 1.64
2006 24 AA NEW 30 19 0 132.3 142 65 11 81 37 7 8 0 4.42 1.35
2007 25 AA NEW 8 7 0 38.0 36 13 1 18 7 3 1 0 3.08 1.13
2007 25 AAA ROC 17 17 0 110.7 96 26 7 57 12 7 3 0 2.11 0.98
2007 25 MAJ MIN 6 0 0 11.7 19 10 2 8 2 0 2 0 7.71 1.80
2008 26 MAJ MIN 33 33 0 193.3 224 87 23 96 39 11 11 0 4.05 1.36
2009 27 MAJ MIN 33 33 0 205.7 240 92 25 98 41 11 11 0 4.03 1.37
2010 28 AAA Roc 4 4 0 21.2 19 6 2 13 6 1 0 0 0 0 2.49 1.18
2010 28 MAJ MIN 28 26 0 161.0 194 97 25 68 40 10 12 0 0 0 5.42 1.45
2011 29 MAJ MIN 26 26 0 148.3 183 74 19 76 54 7 10 0 0 0 4.49 1.60
2012 30 AAA Roc 7 7 1 36.2 42 11 2 11 9 3 1 0 0 0 2.70 1.41
2012 30 MAJ MIN 19 19 0 98.7 143 81 23 42 26 4 9 0 0 0 7.39 1.71
2013 31 R Gul 1 3 0 13.0 15 4 0 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 2.77 1.15
2013 31 AA New 1 2 0 10.2 10 6 0 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 5.06 1.27
2013 31 AAA Roc 1 1 0 5.0 10 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10.80 2.00
3-Year Averages MAJ   22 22 0 123.5 163 77 21 59 40 5 9 0 0 0 5.61 1.64
Career  (View All) MAJ   145 137 0 818.7 1003 441 117 388 202 43 55 0 4.85 1.47

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Nick Blackburn Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20122091920701119.376
20113523735921347.295

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20122472367319114.311
201131839199115212.316

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201249.32402213116.751.64
201176.0240412993.431.49

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201249.32502013128.031.78
201172.35603525105.601.71
Nick Blackburn Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2005 23 AA NEW 7 7 49.0 4.96 1.84 2.70 0.18 79.5% 1.84 3.10 .234
2005 23 AAA ROC 3 3 14.0 4.50 1.93 2.33 1.29 71.4% 5.14 4.70 .357
2006 24 AA NEW 30 19 132.3 5.51 2.52 2.19 0.75 67.9% 4.42 4.08 .310
2007 25 AA NEW 8 7 38.0 4.26 1.66 2.57 0.24 71.4% 3.08 3.23 .282
2007 25 AAA ROC 17 17 110.7 4.64 0.98 4.75 0.57 81.2% 2.11 3.37 .259
2007 25 MAJ MIN 6 0 11.7 6.17 1.54 4.00 1.54 0.63 57.9% 7.71 4.59 .406
2008 26 MAJ MIN 33 33 193.3 4.47 1.82 2.46 1.07 1.14 73.3% 91.2 MPH 4.05 4.38 .309
2009 27 MAJ MIN 33 33 205.7 4.29 1.79 2.39 1.09 1.26 73.8% 90.6 MPH 4.03 4.45 .308
2010 28 AAA Roc 4 4 21.2 5.52 2.55 2.17 0.85 82.6% 2.49 4.05 .267
2010 28 MAJ MIN 28 26 161.0 3.80 2.24 1.70 1.40 1.62 65.6% 90.8 MPH 5.42 5.19 .304
2011 29 MAJ MIN 26 26 148.3 4.61 3.28 1.41 1.15 2.07 74.8% 89.7 MPH 4.49 5.01 .324
2012 30 AAA Roc 7 7 36.2 2.73 2.24 1.22 0.50 81.6% 2.70 4.06 .305
2012 30 MAJ MIN 19 19 98.7 3.83 2.37 1.62 2.10 1.28 60.3% 90.4 MPH 7.39 6.20 .337
2013 31 R Gul 1 3 13.0 6.92 0.00 0.00 0.00 73.3% 2.77 1.66 .360
2013 31 AA New 1 2 10.2 3.53 2.65 1.33 0.00 53.8% 5.06 3.59 .288
2013 31 AAA Roc 1 1 5.0 0.00 0.00 0.00 3.60 50% 10.80 8.40 .362
3-Year Averages MAJ   22 22 123.5 4.30 2.91 1.48 1.53 69.2% 5.61 5.43 .329
Career MAJ   145 137 818.7 4.27 2.22 1.92 1.29 70.2% 4.85 4.87 .316

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Worst Matchups for Nick Blackburn (by OPS against, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Mark Teixeira NY-A 14 10 1 6 1 0 0 .714 1.071 1.805
Josh Hamilton ANA 17 10 2 6 1 2 0 .588 1.118 1.729
Miguel Olivo LA 24 12 4 7 0 5 0 .500 1.167 1.667
Mike Aviles CLE 13 7 0 1 1 0 1 .538 .923 1.495
Jose Bautista TOR 12 4 3 3 1 2 0 .333 1.083 1.468
Clete Thomas PHI 15 7 1 4 0 1 0 .467 1.000 1.467
Mark Ellis STL 18 8 2 7 2 0 0 .444 .944 1.444
B.J. Upton ATL 16 8 2 6 0 1 1 .500 .938 1.438
David Ortiz BOS 12 6 1 3 3 3 0 .500 .833 1.433
Torii Hunter DET 19 9 2 8 0 0 0 .474 .895 1.368

Best Matchups for Nick Blackburn (by OPS against, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Kurt Suzuki MIN 19 5 0 4 0 1 0 .263 .316 .579
Alex Rodriguez NY-A 16 3 1 3 0 5 0 .188 .375 .563
Yunel Escobar TB 12 3 0 0 1 3 0 .250 .250 .558
Carl Crawford LA 17 3 0 1 3 3 0 .176 .176 .476
Maicer Izturis TOR 12 2 0 2 0 2 0 .167 .250 .417
Jhonny Peralta STL 26 5 0 5 1 5 0 .192 .192 .407
Chris Getz TOR 16 3 0 2 0 1 0 .188 .188 .364
Robinson Cano SEA 15 2 0 2 0 0 0 .133 .200 .333
Erick Aybar ANA 19 2 0 1 3 1 0 .105 .105 .333
Shin-Soo Choo TEX 26 3 0 0 1 6 1 .115 .154 .302

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Nick Blackburn: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Blackburn is dealing with a torn meniscus and will undergo surgery Friday, 1500 AM ESPN Twin Cities reports.

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The tendinitis in Blackburn's injured knee hasn't improved with a cortisone shot, the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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Blackburn was placed on the 7-day DL at Triple-A Rochester with knee inflammation, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Blackburn was promoted to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Blackburn took the mound Thursday at Double-A New Britain, yielding one run on three hits and one walk, while recording two strikeouts in six innings, 1500 AM ESPN reports.

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Blackburn's (forearm) rehab assignment has been moved to Double-A New Britain, where he will start Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Blackburn (forearm) tossed four scoreless innings in a recent Gulf Coast League outing, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Blackburn (forearm) is scheduled to make his first rehab appearance Saturday in the Gulf Coast League, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Blackburn struggled for a second consecutive season, allowing a staggering 7.39 ERA and eventually he was dropped from Minnesota's 40-man roster. He's always had an anemic strikeout rate (just 4.3 K/9), but when successful it was offset by a strong groundball rate. Last season Blackburn could not keep the ball on the ground (just 43 percent of batted balls) or in the park (23 home runs in 19 starts). Part of the issue may have been health, as he had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow after the season. Blackburn has $5.5 million left on his contract, so he will likely stick with the Twins at Triple-A all season. However, given his contract and prior success, it would not be surprising to see him get another shot in the majors with Minnesota's lack of depth in the starting rotation.

2012

Blackburn enters the season likely to return to the Minnesota rotation despite a disappointing year in which he struggled, and his season ended early due to a forearm injury. Blackburn's season started strong as he was 6-5 with a 3.15 ERA through June 22. But he then endured a brutal stretch when he went 1-5 with a 7.01 ERA over 11 starts. He was then shut down for the season in August with an entrapped nerve (caused by inflammation) in his forearm. He suffered no structural damage and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. Blackburn gets groundballs (53.5 percent), but struggles to miss bats. His strikeout rate actually improved to 4.61 K/9IP, but it was among the 10 lowest in baseball for pitchers with more than 100 innings. Since he's so dependent on balls in play, he's a very streaky pitcher, which makes it difficult to juggle him in a fantasy lineup. He normally has good control, but he saw his walk rate jump almost 50 percent to 3.28 BB/9IP last season. If healthy, the Twins seem committed to him in the rotation. However, his low strikeout rate and mediocre velocity limit his upside, and it's easy to see him losing his spot in the rotation.

2011

Blackburn enters 2011 as Minnesota's No. 4 or No. 5 starter after another roller coaster season that saw him close to losing his place in the rotation. Minnesota's decision to sign him to a four-year, $14 million contract extension before spring training looked astute after he began the season 6-1 with a 4.28 ERA. However, his season went south as he struggled with a 9.88 ERA over his next nine starts and was demoted to Triple-A. But he was back in the rotation in late August and had a 3.16 ERA and 33:13 K:BB ratio in 57 innings. Blackburn has good control and gets groundballs (50.8 percent of balls in play), but struggles to miss bats. His already low strikeout rate fell to 3.8 K/9IP last season - the lowest in the major leagues for pitchers with more than 150 innings. Since he's so dependent on balls in play, he's a very streaky pitcher, which makes it difficult to juggle him in a fantasy lineup. His late season success was attributed to a change in mechanics that kept the ball down and resulted in a more passable 5.7 K/9IP in his late season surge. It's also possible he wasn't at full strength as he had offseason surgery to remove a bone spur and other loose particles in his right elbow (he's expected to be ready for spring training). Still, his low strikeout rate and mediocre velocity limit his upside, and it's easy to see him losing his spot in the rotation.

2010

Blackburn duplicated his breakout 2008 rookie season and enters 2010 as Minnesota's No. 4 starter. While Blackburn's numbers were almost a carbon copy of his previous season, he had a roller coaster year by starting strong (3.30 ERA in first 12 starts), enduring a terrible stretch midseason (9.09 ERA from June 10 to Aug. 16) and then finishing strong (3.34 ERA after Aug. 16 and a good start in the playoffs). Blackburn has good control (98:41 K:BB ratio) and gets more ground balls than average, but strikes out too few batters (just 4.29 K/9IP). He is durable and went six or more innings in 17 of 25 starts. Still, his weak peripheral numbers make it more likely he'll have a poor season than a great one.

2009

Blackburn made the most out of an early season trial in Minnesota's rotation to solidify a spot in the rotation and earn a vote in the AL rookie of the year voting. Despite posting a 2.36 ERA with just 19 walks in 148.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A in 2007, Blackburn was a mild surprise in winning a spot in the rotation out of spring training after an injury to Scott Baker. He went six or more innings in nine of his first 11 starts and coaches liked his bulldog mentality. The coaching staff kept faith in him when his turn came during the one-game playoff against the White Sox where he responded well (losing 1-0 while giving up one run over 6.1 innings). Despite his rookie success, there are some warning signs for 2009. Blackburn has good control (96:39 K:BB ratio), but strikes out too few batters (just 4.96 K/IP) and slipped in the second half (4.68 ERA). He'll enter 2009 as Minnesota's No. 4 or No. 5 starter, but be wary of overpaying for his first-year numbers.

2008

Blackburn could challenge for a spot in the rotation with the Twins next season after a breakout year in the minors. He wasn't thought of as a top prospect before last season, but had a 2.36 ERA with just 19 walks in 148.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He struggled in his first taste of the majors, but put together a dominant Arizona Fall League showing with a 1.64 ERA and 20:2 K:BB ratio in 22 innings. While he has solid control (33:8 K:BB ratio at Triple-A), his strikeout totals are a bit low to project too much success in the majors (just 4.63 K/9IP at Triple-A). Still, he could be productive even in a bullpen role next season.