Blackburn
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
W-L
2-3
ERA
7.16
WHIP
1.41
K
19
SV
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
An extreme groundball pitcher in Oakland is almost always going to be worth a second look in deep settings. The problem with Blackburn is that he lacks the swing-and-miss stuff to be a real difference maker. As a 24-year-old last season, Blackburn posted a 3.22 ERA and 1.26... read more
An extreme groundball pitcher in Oakland is almost always going to be worth a second look in deep settings. The problem with Blackburn is that he lacks the swing-and-miss stuff to be a real difference maker. As a 24-year-old last season, Blackburn posted a 3.22 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 58.2 innings despite just a 9.2 strikeout percentage (3.4 K/9). He did a good job of limiting the free passes (2.5 K/9) and keeping the ball on the ground (56.3 percent groundball rate), but even so, the estimators point to Blackburn being at least a run worse than his surface numbers would suggest (4.38 FIP, 4.76 xFIP, 5.15 SIERA). Blackburn missed the end of the season with a bone bruise in his wrist and hasn't thrown more than 142 combined innings in any season. Making matters worse, he's not guaranteed a starting job out of camp, even on a team like the A's.
STATUS: 10-Day DL    INJURY: Elbow    RETURN DATE: Sep 1,2018   
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'2"    WT: 185 lbs.    DOB: 12/4/1993    Drafted By:  In 2012Show Contract
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Paul Blackburn Contract Info:
Agreed to terms with the Cubs on his rookie contract in June 2012.
Throws for first time since injury
POakland Athletics
Elbow
August 13, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) played catch Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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2018 Stat Review for Paul Blackburn
3.17 K/BB
GOOD
6.18 K/9
TERRIBLE
1.95 BB/9
GREAT
89.7 MPH Fastball
POOR
0.7 HR/9
ELITE
1.87 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
7.16 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.41 WHIP
WEAK
3.63 FIP
GOOD
0.344 BABIP
HIGH
45.9 % Strand Rate
LOW
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  2. Paul Blackburn 2017 Preseason Outlook
    After working his way up to the Cubs' Double-A affiliate, Blackburn was traded to the Mariners as part of the package for Mike Montgomery. The big knock on Blackburn is his inability to miss bats, as he registered just a 6.2 K/9 in 2016 (which is identical to his career mark). However, he's made up for the lack of swing and miss to a large extent by posting consistently low walk rates and keeping the ball on the ground. At the end of the 2016 season, the Mariners traded Blackburn to the A's for Danny Valencia and subsequently added him to their 40-man roster, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. Although the Bay Area native has only seen Double-A action so far, his control may be earn him a call up to the big leagues if the A's notorious starting pitching struggles continue.
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Throws for first time since injury
POakland Athletics
Elbow
August 13, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) played catch Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Yet to resume throwing
POakland Athletics
Elbow
August 4, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) has yet to resume throwing after being shut down in early July, Eric He of MLB.com reports.
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Shut down from throwing
POakland Athletics
Elbow
July 10, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) underwent an MRI on Tuesday which revealed no structural damage, but he'll still be shut down for a couple weeks, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Hopeful for short DL stint
POakland Athletics
Elbow
July 10, 2018
The Athletics are hopeful that Blackburn (elbow), who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, will only be sidelined for a brief period, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Heads to DL with elbow issue
POakland Athletics
Elbow
July 8, 2018
The Athletics placed Blackburn on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with right elbow lateral epicondylitis.
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