Paul Blackburn
Paul Blackburn
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A strained right forearm kept Blackburn out until June, and he made just six starts for Oakland before elbow tendinitis shut him down in early July. His ERA came in nearly four runs higher than in his 10-start rookie campaign, sitting at an ugly 7.16, but the underlying numbers told a different story. His strikeout rate nearly doubled, though it still sat at an unimpressive 16.0%, and he walked just 5.0% of opposing batters. His control and groundball profile led to a very respectable 3.59 FIP, with an extremely low 47.1% strand rate appearing to be the primary culprit for his inflated ERA. Blackburn's sample size was too small to conclusively say that he's really improved, however, and he enters the 2018 season with injury questions and a low ceiling due to his lack of whiffs. He'll be battling for a back-end rotation spot at best on a team that's shown a willingness to use bullpen days rather than trust shaky starters. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Athletics in March of 2017.
Logs five innings
POakland Athletics
September 10, 2019
Blackburn did not factor into the decision in Monday's loss to the Astros but allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits, a walk and a wild pitch over five innings. He did not record any strikeouts.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander was forced into extended duty due to Mike Fiers' day ending after a 50-pitch, nine-run first inning. Blackburn took his share of lumps against a red-hot Astros offense as well, but he did manage to eat up some valuable innings and serve as a bridge to Lou Trivino, who came on in the seventh. Blackburn has made two appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sept. 1 and sports a 9.00 ERA across his first six innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
56
Last 10 Games
56
Last 5 Games
56
How many pitches does Paul Blackburn generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Paul Blackburn generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .283 209 27 16 54 11 1 4
Since 2017vs Right .296 205 22 10 56 9 1 6
2019vs Left .423 29 5 2 11 2 1 2
2019vs Right .333 28 3 2 8 1 0 1
2018vs Left .317 67 12 3 20 6 0 1
2018vs Right .283 52 7 3 13 2 1 1
2017vs Left .225 113 10 11 23 3 0 1
2017vs Right .294 125 12 5 35 6 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-10%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-71%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.48 1.50 42.2 3 2 0 5.5 3.0 0.8
Since 2017Away 4.94 1.32 54.2 2 4 0 3.8 2.0 1.0
2019Home 9.00 2.00 1.0 0 1 0 9.0 0.0 0.0
2019Away 10.80 2.10 10.0 0 1 0 6.3 3.6 2.7
2018Home 5.93 1.24 13.2 2 1 0 5.3 2.0 0.7
2018Away 8.36 1.57 14.0 0 2 0 7.1 1.9 0.6
2017Home 5.14 1.61 28.0 1 0 0 5.5 3.5 1.0
2017Away 1.47 0.95 30.2 2 1 0 1.5 1.5 0.6
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Stat Review
How does Paul Blackburn compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.00
 
K/9
6.5
 
BB/9
3.3
 
HR/9
2.5
 
Fastball
90.6 mph
 
ERA
10.64
 
WHIP
2.09
 
BABIP
.410
 
GB/FB
3.14
 
Left On Base
47.9%
 
Exit Velocity
85.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.0%
 
Spin Rate
2224 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.6%
 
Swinging Strike
9.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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.
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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Tagged with loss
POakland Athletics
September 6, 2019
Blackburn (0-2) allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in an inning of relief Friday, taking the loss in a 5-4 extra-innings loss to the Tigers.
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Recalled Sunday
POakland Athletics
September 1, 2019
The Athletics recalled Blackburn from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Yankees.
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Heading back to minors
POakland Athletics
July 6, 2019
Blackburn was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
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Called up by Oakland
POakland Athletics
July 5, 2019
Blackburn was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Candidate for Montas' next start
POakland Athletics
June 22, 2019
Blackburn is a candidate to start Wednesday against the Cardinals, a game that would have represented Frankie Montas' (suspension) next turn in the rotation, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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