Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn

28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
2022 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Athletics in March of 2017.
Serves up four homers
POakland Athletics
August 4, 2022
Blackburn (7-6) allowed four earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three across five innings to earn the win Thursday against the Angels.
ANALYSIS
Blackburn allowed a home run in each of the first four innings, yet he still managed to earn his seventh win of the season. He has had a significant problem with the long ball across his last eight starts, serving up 12 homers in only 39.2 innings. Unsurprisingly, he has an 8.04 ERA in that span. Overall, Blackburn has a 4.28 ERA with an 89:30 K:BB across 111.1 frames on the season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
81
Last 10 Games
82
Last 5 Games
72
How many pitches does Paul Blackburn generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .279 325 63 24 83 26 1 10
Since 2020vs Right .272 331 54 18 84 14 3 13
2022vs Left .260 241 49 16 58 21 0 7
2022vs Right .250 226 40 14 52 10 2 8
2021vs Left .333 77 13 6 23 4 1 3
2021vs Right .309 98 13 4 29 3 1 5
2020vs Left .400 7 1 2 2 1 0 0
2020vs Right .429 7 1 0 3 1 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-56%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-74%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 7.49 1.55 63.2 1 7 0 7.4 2.3 1.4
Since 2020Away 3.26 1.25 88.1 7 4 0 6.6 2.6 1.3
2022Home 8.31 1.62 39.0 1 5 0 8.1 2.3 2.1
2022Away 2.12 1.06 72.1 6 1 0 6.7 2.5 0.7
2021Home 4.03 1.30 22.1 0 1 0 6.0 1.6 0.4
2021Away 8.44 2.06 16.0 1 3 0 6.2 3.4 3.9
2020Home 27.00 3.00 2.1 0 1 0 7.7 7.7 0.0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Paul Blackburn compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 2019 data (min 120 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
2.97
 
K/9
7.2
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
91.7 mph
 
ERA
4.28
 
WHIP
1.26
 
BABIP
.297
 
GB/FB
1.66
 
Left On Base
73.1%
 
Exit Velocity
82.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.2%
 
Spin Rate
2220 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
29.5%
 
Swinging Strike
9.7%
 
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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.
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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Spins five shutout frames
POakland Athletics
July 30, 2022
Blackburn registered a no-decision during Saturday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox, allowing five hits while striking out four in five scoreless innings.
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Crushed for 10 runs
POakland Athletics
July 24, 2022
Blackburn (6-6) allowed 10 runs on 10 hits and two walks over 4.1 innings Sunday, striking out five and taking a loss against the Rangers.
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Struggles with control in loss
POakland Athletics
July 14, 2022
Blackburn (6-5) took the loss against Texas on Wednesday, allowing five runs on three hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out four batters.
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Allows two home runs in loss
POakland Athletics
July 9, 2022
Blackburn (6-4) gave up six earned runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six over four-plus innings to take the loss in an 8-3 defeat to the Astros on Friday.
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Tosses 6.1 shutout frames
POakland Athletics
July 2, 2022
Blackburn pitched 6.1 scoreless innings against Seattle on Saturday, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out five. He did not factor in the decision.
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