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Birth Date12-4-1993
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
Age25 years, 10 months, 12 days
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0.52018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2017 OAK MLB 10 10 58.7 3 1 0 58 16 22 5 102 8.9 2.5 0.8 3.4 56% .273 1.26 4.37 3.22 108 5.31 112.9 0.2
2018 OAK MLB 6 6 27.7 2 3 0 33 6 19 2 99 10.7 2.0 0.7 6.2 48% .344 1.41 3.63 7.16 96 3.88 86.6 0.5
2019 OAK MLB 4 1 11.0 0 2 0 19 4 8 3 108 15.5 3.3 2.5 6.5 55% .390 2.09 6.70 10.64 108 5.60 114.9 0.0
CareerMLB201797.356011026491010210.22.40.94.554%.3081.404.425.181054.93105.70.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2012 CUB Rk AZL 9 6 20.7 2 0 0 23 7 13 2 99 10.0 3.0 0.9 5.7 0% .313 1.45 5.35 3.48 107 5.59 116.5
2013 BOI A- NOR 13 12 46.0 2 3 0 41 29 38 3 103 8.0 5.7 0.6 7.4 0% .288 1.52 4.47 3.33 113 4.82 104.8
2014 KNC A MID 24 24 117.0 9 4 0 108 31 75 6 96 8.3 2.4 0.5 5.8 0% .280 1.19 3.84 3.23 103 3.79 80.3
2015 MYR A+ CAR 18 18 89.7 7 5 0 89 22 63 3 98 8.9 2.2 0.3 6.3 0% .311 1.24 3.21 3.11 98 4.79 105.0
2016 TEN AA SOU 18 18 102.3 6 4 0 96 26 72 6 100 8.4 2.3 0.5 6.3 56% .285 1.19 3.46 3.17 99 5.03 111.0
2016 WTN AA SOU 8 7 40.7 3 1 0 42 9 27 2 95 9.3 2.0 0.4 6.0 58% .313 1.25 3.29 3.54 99 5.81 128.2
2017 OAK MLB AL 10 10 58.7 3 1 0 58 16 22 5 102 8.9 2.5 0.8 3.4 56% .273 1.26 4.37 3.22 108 5.31 112.9
2017 NAS AAA PCL 15 14 79.7 5 6 0 69 26 56 6 89 7.8 2.9 0.7 6.3 56% .265 1.19 4.35 3.05 99 2.99 63.5
2018 OAK MLB AL 6 6 27.7 2 3 0 33 6 19 2 99 10.7 2.0 0.7 6.2 48% .344 1.41 3.63 7.16 96 3.88 86.6
2018 STO A+ CAL 1 1 3.7 0 0 0 8 1 1 0 95 19.6 2.5 0.0 2.5 71% .471 2.45 4.02 7.36 110 9.45 199.8
2019 OAK MLB AL 4 1 11.0 0 2 0 19 4 8 3 108 15.5 3.3 2.5 6.5 55% .390 2.09 6.70 10.64 108 5.60 114.9
2019 LVG AAA PCL 24 22 132.7 11 3 0 133 34 92 18 109 9.0 2.3 1.2 6.2 54% .293 1.26 5.01 4.34 96 3.24 66.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2017 935 0.4278 0.4225 0.8608 0.6400 0.2598 0.9180 0.7554 0.1392
2018 441 0.4172 0.4830 0.8122 0.7120 0.3191 0.9084 0.6585 0.1878
2019 224 0.4018 0.4330 0.7526 0.6000 0.3209 0.7963 0.6977 0.2474
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 OAK $547,500
2017 OAK $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$547,500
1 yrTotal$547,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 93 d1 year/$547,500 (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$547,500 (2019). Re-signed by Oakland 3/19.
  • 1 year/$0.5475M (2018). Re-signed by Oakland 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Acquired by Oakland in trade from Seattle 11/12/16. Contract selected by Oakland 11/18/16. Re-signed by Oakland 3/17.
  • Acquired by Seattle in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/20/16.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2012 (1s-56) (Heritage HS, Brentwood, Calif.). $0.9117M signing bonus (slot amount).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 0 0 0 14.0 11 4 11 1 .239 1.03 3.19 3.5 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 9.1 7 3 7 1 .252 1.11 3.53 3.87 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 5.7 5 2 4 1 .261 1.16 3.77 4.14 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 2.8 2 1 2 0 .269 1.21 3.98 4.37 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 .276 1.26 4.17 4.59 0.0 0.0
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)How would you sort out the A's rotation next season? Sean Manaea and Kendall Graveman are the only two locks. You've got Frankie Montas, Raul Alcantara, and Jesse Hahn, who are all out of options. The 4A pitchers - Daniel Gossett, Paul Blackburn, and then Andrew Triggs and Daniel Mengden who showed promise in short stints. And Jharel Cotton who looks great when he isn't giving up homers by the truckload.
(Ken from Palo Alto)
I think Triggs / Blackburn / Mengden have at least earned a shot at it if they're healthy when the season starts. Montas has to be a reliever at this point, no? I might see how Cotton looks in relief also. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Andrew Triggs experiment has failed. When do the A's give Daniel Gossett a chance?
(Dave from San Francisco)
Well, define "failed." I mean, the guy had only two starts in which he allowed more than 2 runs through mid-May. He's hurt. Unless his hip can't be fixed--always a possibility with hips--he should be back. Gossett, who somehow hasn't been in the BP Annual since 2015 despite being only 24, will probably get a call at some point if he keeps pitching this well in Nashville, though I'd guess Paul Blackburn may be in Oakland first. (Rob Mains)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank the current and former KC Cougar starting pitchers - Jen-Ho Tseng, Paul Blackburn, Daury Torrez, Duane Underwood and Juan Paniagua (no need to ask about Tyler Skulina as I know he'd be at the bottom of your list)?
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
Tseng, Underwood, Blackburn, Torrez, Paniagua, Skulina (yeah I don't like Tyler much) (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Paul Blackburn, Jen-Ho Tseng, Duane Underwood: Which intriguing Cubs low-A pitcher do you prefer?
(msquared from usa)
Tseng right now, but I can see Underwood growing up and taking over that spot in my heart. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a sense of which lesser known Cubs prospects could be valuable dynasty league assets in 2015?
(Dan from Chicago)
Depends on what you mean by lesser known. I think Pierce Johnson and Paul Blackburn could be assets depending on league depth. If you're looking for blow up potential I think Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres can be valuable trade assets in 2015 as they get more exposure to pro ball. Tseng should be getting some love too. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Who are a couple pitchers set to explode onto the prospect scene this season? Tirado and Edwin Diaz seem to be close, any others you are banking on?
(tjco1006 from Up n In Rehab Center)
Jose Martinez for the DBacks; Alex Reyes for the Cards; Paul Blackburn with the Cubs is ready to take a big step forward; Lucas Sims is still highly underrated as a prospect; Tyler Danish is an out-of-the-box candidate. Its unorthodox but don't write him off. (Jason Parks)
2013-07-12 19:30:00 (link to chat)Trevor Clifton was signed by the Cubs today. He seems to be their main overslot guy (from what little information I've read). What kind of upside does he have? Also, (if you have time): Paul Blackburn, small sample size, good results. You like him?
(Steve from Lafayette)
Clifton is a fun arm, but doesn't fit my preferred profile (while he should get stronger, I don't know that his frame is one that projects to physicality -- more wiry strength). That's not to say he can't start long term, but it isn't the profile I generally look for. Nice arm and chance for a really nice fastball/curveball combo. Blackburn is a nice arm to have in the system, and he's showing well this year. We'll get a better idea as to his ultimate profile once he tackles full season ball, but you have to be encouraged by his ability to handle a good number of college bats as a 19 year old. Really bright future for the Cubs; great job by their front office and evaluators over the past couple seasons. (Nick Faleris on Draft Signing Day)
2013-06-27 13:15:00 (link to chat)Paul Blackburn has put up good numbers in his first three starts. I realize it's short season A ball but is he a legitimate pitching prospect?
(Nate from Indy)
There are probably big-league pitchers at the back of bullpens and hitters at the back of benches (most of them Marlins) I haven't heard of, so I definitely don't have a dossier on a 19-year-old in the Northwest League who's pitched a total of 35 2/3 innings as a professional. Full disclosure: when I get a question like this, I scan the names on my Gchat contacts list, hoping to see someone on our prospect staff available. Then I paste it to that person and type the word, "Help."

This time, Mark Anderson was the lucky recepient of my IM. Here's what Mark said: "Definitely a legitimate prospect...projectable guy, good body, low-90s FB that can reach 94 and there's more in the tank down the line, CB and CH both project to at least average. possible mid-rotation guy."

So now we know those things about Paul Blackburn. I'm amazed by the knowledge of people who write about prospects, and even more amazed by the knowledge of people who don't write about prospects, but still want to know everything about them. (Ben Lindbergh)


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