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Paul Blackburn

Born: 12/04/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 196
Build: Athletic with broad shoulders; maxed.

Mechanics: High 3/4 arm slot; clean arm action; average arm speed; hips/upper half stay in unison; minimal effort; slightly inverted landing; delivery times ~1.31
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 08/05/2015
Affiliate Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A, Cubs)
Dates Seen 7/31/2015
OFP 45
MLB ETA 2017
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 87-91 92 Velocity: 50/50
Movement: 50/50
Command: 45/50

T92 once; mild downhill plane; mild arm-side run; pounds all four quadrants; command is inconsistent to gloveside; velocity dipped to 87-89 in latter innings.
CB 50 73-75 76 Movement: 50/50
Command: 40/50

Replicates arm speed; 12-6 offering; moderate depth; release points are inconsistent; works as a get-me-over and as a strike-to-ball offering; hittable when he casts; refinements in release point will improve pitch a grade.
CH 50 82-84 84 Movement: 50/50
Command: 45/50

Replicates arm speed; moderate fade; consistent velocity separation; sequences well with FB and will double up on offering; slight refinements in release point will improve offering a tick.

Blackburn has average stuff across the board, but displays pitchability. He sequenced the entire outing, keeping Frederick off-balance and incapable of piecing together efficient swings. The ceiling is not high without a pitch better than average, limiting his ceiling to a back-end starter. There is moderate risk because he has yet to reach Double-A.

Round Drafted: first round (56th), 2012 (signed for $911,700)
Why: Pitchability with the chance for three average or better pitches.

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