Paul Blackburn
Paul Blackburn
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
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.
Sent to Triple-A
POakland Athletics  AAA
March 10, 2019
Blackburn was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Blackburn threw the ball well early in camp, but he's been sent to Triple-A where he'll open the 2019 campaign. He's surfaced in the major leagues with the Athletics in each of the last two seasons yet struggled to a 7.16 ERA with 19 punchouts over 27.2 innings last year.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .261 180 22 14 43 9 0 2
Since 2017vs Right .291 177 19 8 48 8 1 5
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
 
 
-33%
ERA on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-71%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.40 1.49 41.2 3 1 0 5.4 3.0 0.9
Since 2017Away 3.63 1.14 44.2 2 3 0 3.2 1.6 0.6
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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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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Impressing in bid for starting spot
POakland Athletics  AAA
March 3, 2019
Blackburn allowed two hits and recorded a strikeout over three scoreless innings in Saturday's 1-0 Cactus League win over the Indians.
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Tabbed to start spring opener
POakland Athletics  AAA
February 20, 2019
Blackburn will start the Athletics' first Cactus League game Thursday against the Mariners, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Expected to have normal spring
POakland Athletics  AAA
Elbow
December 10, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) should be healthy for the start of spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Shifts to 60-day disabled list
POakland Athletics  AAA
Elbow
August 31, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Friday.
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Throws for first time since injury
POakland Athletics  AAA
Elbow
August 13, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) played catch Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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