Clayton Blackburn
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 5/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Clayton Blackburn in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Outrighted to Round Rock
PTexas Rangers  
Elbow
November 2, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) was outrighted from the 40-man roster Friday and is expected to elect free agency.
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Blackburn missed the entirety of the 2018 season after suffering a strained UCL in March. He wound up undergoing Tommy John surgery in early April, which means that he likely won't be fully healed by the time spring training rolls around.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Clayton Blackburn
Farm Futures: September Call-up Candidates
August 24, 2016
James Anderson offers up an extensive list of possible September call-ups including some prospects not yet on their organizations' 40-man roster, such as Yoan Moncada.
Team Previews: NL West
Team Previews: NL West
February 4, 2016
February 4, 2016
RotoWire's Erik Siegrist takes a spin around the NL West with a team preview for each of the five clubs.
Regan's Rumblings: September Call-Ups
August 20, 2015
David Regan looks at possible September reinforcements for each team, including Rockies shortstop prospect Trevor Story
Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: NL West
March 9, 2015
In the final installment of his spring organizational rankings, James Anderson looks at Archie Bradley and the other top prospects of the National League West.
Giants Team Preview: Trying To Repeat
February 12, 2015
The Giants are a little sadder now that they are without the Panda, but they can console themselves with three World Series wins in the last five years. Josh Fathollahi describes their efforts to defend their crown.
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Blackburn's 2016 season was a step in the wrong direction. He failed to build off a strong 2015 campaign and regressed below his career marks in ERA (4.36), walks (2.3 BB/9) and strikeouts (6.7 K/9). While the Giants would like to look at one of their younger pitching arms to step into their fifth starter spot next season, Blackburn appears to have removed himself from the conversation (at least to start the year) due to his poor performance this past season.
The big righty continues to put up solid minor-league numbers, posting a 3.29 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 93 innings in his first taste of Double-A. His 85:20 K:BB ratio says a lot about his profile. He lacks the high-end stuff to miss bats in the big leagues, and he will have to survive off command/control and pitchability, but there is a chance he could make it as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter. Blackburn has a very slow, effortless delivery, pounding the zone with well-located pitches. But since his fastball is in the 88-92-mph range, he needs to be pinpoint with his location and use effective sequencing to survive against big-league hitters. The lack of depth in the Giants’ big-league rotation makes Blackburn someone to watch in 2015, but at best he will be a back-end innings eater, with little upside for big strikeout totals.
The move from Low-A Augusta to High-A San Jose proved to be no challenge for Blackburn in 2013, as he maintained his excellent strikeout totals (9.3 K/9), while keeping his walks in check (2.4 BB/9). The big-framed righty (6-4, 225) showcases a sinking mid-90s fastball, as well as an above-average curveball and a solid changeup. He should start the season with Double-A Richmond, but there is a good chance he could be fast-tracked to Triple-A Fresno midseason, if he continues his dominance on the mound.
Blackburn was a 16th-round pick by the Giants in the 2011 draft, and put together a breakout year in his first full professional season with a 2.54 ERA (1.91 FIP) in 131.1 innings. He has shown spectacular control with a walk rate of 1.2 BB/9, and dominated hitters in Low-A with a strikeout rate of 9.8 K/9. Blackburn features a low-90s fastball that can top out at 95 mph, an above-average curveball and strong changeup, and should start 2013 in High-A. The right-hander has the ceiling of a strong No. 3 starter, but will not have an impact on the major league level until late 2014 at the earliest.
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Set for Tommy John surgery
PTexas Rangers  
Elbow
April 9, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery this week, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports.
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Moved to 60-day disabled list
PTexas Rangers  
Elbow
March 19, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) was moved to the 60-day-disabled list Monday.
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Dealing with UCL strain
PTexas Rangers  
Elbow
March 15, 2018
Blackburn was diagnosed with a strained UCL on Thursday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Expects to miss most of first half
PTexas Rangers  
Elbow
March 13, 2018
Blackburn (elbow) is not expected to return until after the All-Star break, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Hampered by elbow tightness
PTexas Rangers  
Elbow
March 12, 2018
Blackburn exited Monday's spring game early due to right elbow tightness.
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