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Paul Blackburn
Popularity: ↓ 14%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 1" 196LBS | Age: 27

Draft: 2012 | Rd: CA, #56, Chicago Cubs | Heritage HS (CA)
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 0 1 27.00 1 1 0 2.1 2 3.00
4 Seasons 5 7 5.69 21 18 0 99.2 51 1.43
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 1 0-1 27.00 2.1 2 3.00
4 Seasons 21 5-7 5.69 99.2 51 1.43

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2017 937 199 5 2.5 87.1 4.5 26.6 .282 .396 .300 .319 .322 35.9 9.2 6.7 3.22 4.45
2018 442 92 4 4.3 85.9 12.7 31.5 .270 .376 .341 .304 .333 31.5 16 5 7.16 3.92
2019 224 44 3 6.8 86.4 1.3 40.9 .355 .583 .445 .422 .468 31.8 14 7 10.64 8.95
2020 48 10 0 0 85.9 17.8 20 .204 .257 .466 .274 .244 30 14.3 14.3 27.00 3.16
1651 345 12 3.5 86.7 6.7 29.6 .285 .410 .336 .327 .341 34 11.9 6.5
6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .243 .402 .318 .312 .362 35.1 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Blackburn relies on 4 pitches.
Sinker
(50%) ,
Changeup
(25%) ,
Slider
(18.8%) ,
Curveball
(6.3%) ,


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Pitch Tracking

Year Pitch Type # # RHB # LHB % MPH PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR SO BBE BA XBA SLG XSLG WOBA XWOBA EV LA Spin Whiff% PutAway%
2020 Sinker 24 11 13 50.0 89.8 8 7 4 3 1 0 0 0 7 .571 .272 .714 .309 .573 .317 86.6 16 2026 0.0 0.0
2020 Changeup 12 2 10 25.0 82.8 4 3 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 .333 .165 .667 .284 .484 .315 87.4 6 1419 16.7 33.3
2020 Slider 9 6 3 18.8 84.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 2470 50.0 100.0
2020 Curveball 3 2 1 6.3 73.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .047 .000 .066 .000 .047 77.5 53 2850 0.0 0.0
2019 Sinker 91 51 40 40.6 90.7 22 21 10 8 1 0 1 1 20 .476 .465 .667 .691 .491 .503 88.9 0 2041 12.8 7.7
2019 Slider 48 32 16 21.4 86.9 11 8 2 0 1 0 1 1 8 .250 .258 .750 .665 .454 .437 80.3 -8 2386 30.4 9.1
2019 Curveball 48 20 28 21.4 79.0 17 16 5 4 0 1 0 6 11 .313 .236 .438 .260 .295 .223 85.4 5 2664 37.5 25.0
2019 4-Seam Fastball 25 12 13 11.2 90.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1.000 .940 4.000 3.767 1.315 1.267 113.5 36 2141 25.0 0.0
2019 Changeup 12 1 11 5.4 84.9 5 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 .250 .305 .500 .345 .387 .374 79.7 5 1733 16.7 0.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2020 Changeup OAK R 12 82.8 32.4 1.7 6 6.7 -5.9 -47
2020 Curveball OAK R 3 73.5 69.8 5.9 9 10.2 -1 -9
2020 Sinker OAK R 24 89.8 20.7 -2.6 -11 11.1 -3.1 -22
2020 Slider OAK R 9 84 36.6 -0.9 -2 5.8 0.5 10
2019 Slider OAK R 48 86.9 31.5 -2.9 -8 5.2 1.2 32
2019 Curveball OAK R 48 79 60.6 5.4 10 7.4 -1 -12
2019 4-Seamer OAK R 25 90 18.6 -1.2 -7 2.4 -3.9 -62
2019 Changeup OAK R 12 84.9 29.7 -0.5 -2 13 0.1 0
2019 Sinker OAK R 91 90.7 21.9 -1.3 -6 11.4 -2.8 -20
2018 4-Seamer OAK R 54 90 19.3 -1.9 -11 3.5 -3 -46
2018 Curveball OAK R 43 77.9 63.2 6.4 11 9.7 0.8 9
2018 Slider OAK R 160 86.2 33.4 -1.4 -4 6.8 2.5 59
2018 Changeup OAK R 61 84.4 30.9 -0.5 -2 11.8 -1.3 -10
2018 Sinker OAK R 123 89.5 24.6 0.7 3 10.7 -3.3 -23
2017 Slider OAK R 244 84.6 36.4 0.6 2 6.7 2.2 50
2017 Sinker OAK R 444 90.2 22.7 0.3 1 10.8 -3.6 -25
2017 Changeup OAK R 85 83.4 30.6 0.3 1 12.4 -0.9 -7
2017 4-Seamer OAK R 76 90.4 17.1 -0.9 -5 4.1 -3.7 -47
2017 Curveball OAK R 86 75.8 63.2 6 10 13.8 4 42
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2020 Slider -1.2 0 9 18.8 1 0 0 0 50 100 100 0
2020 Curveball -2.8 0 3 6.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .047 .066 .047 0
2020 Changeup 10.1 1 12 25 4 .333 .667 .488 16.7 25 33.3 .165 .284 .316 50
2020 Sinker 12.3 3 24 50 8 .571 .714 .581 0 0 0 .272 .309 .317 28.6
2019 4-Seamer 5 1 25 11.2 2 1 4 1.35 25 0 0 .94 3.767 1.272 100
2019 Changeup 4.8 1 12 5.4 5 .25 .5 .39 16.7 0 0 .304 .345 .37 0
2019 Slider 1.3 1 48 21.4 11 .25 .75 .465 30.4 9.1 9.1 .258 .665 .439 25
2019 Curveball -0.8 0 48 21.4 17 .313 .438 .359 37.5 35.3 25 .236 .26 .223 18.2
2019 Sinker 3.8 3 91 40.6 22 .476 .667 .507 12.8 4.5 7.7 .465 .691 .503 45
2018 Changeup 3.7 2 61 13.8 11 .455 .818 .541 25 0 0 .578 .797 .59 18.2
2018 Curveball 4.1 2 43 9.7 16 .333 .4 .303 45.5 56.3 32.1 .087 .109 .089 14.3
2018 4-Seamer -1.6 -1 54 12.2 19 .125 .188 .224 4.3 15.8 14.3 .138 .16 .22 23.1
2018 Sinker 1.2 2 123 27.8 31 .345 .552 .405 8.6 6.5 10 .296 .399 .329 44.4
2018 Slider 0.9 2 160 36.2 42 .289 .395 .319 20.7 11.9 13.5 .288 .432 .332 32.4
2018 N/A 1 0.2
2017 Curveball -0.5 0 86 9.2 15 .2 .2 .18 29 13.3 5.3 .237 .289 .228 0
2017 4-Seamer 0.9 1 76 8.1 18 .25 .5 .358 8.7 11.1 8 .284 .497 .368 35.7
2017 Changeup -2.6 -2 85 9.1 23 .143 .286 .226 17.8 4.3 6.3 .262 .507 .353 25
2017 Slider -1.6 -4 244 26 83 .247 .309 .255 15.3 10.8 12.7 .242 .302 .246 27.8
2017 Sinker -0.2 -1 444 47.4 97 .326 .465 .393 8.9 7.2 7.9 .339 .467 .386 51.9
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2020 Changeup 12 82.8 53 9.7 12:30 1:30 -60
2020 Sinker 24 89.8 87 17.2 12:45 1:30 -45
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2017 236 935 -5 -13 7 5 -7
2018 119 441 1 -2 6 2 6
2019 57 224 2 1 3 0 6
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2017 937 42.7 69.7 88.1 22.8 79.5 40 47.9 42.9 13.9 6.3 72.9
2018 442 45.9 72.9 89.2 27.2 63.1 45.5 56.3 48.2 18.8 5.9 80.8
2019 224 42.4 69.5 78.8 26.4 64.7 48.7 49.1 44.6 24 5.4 75
2020 48 41.7 65 100 21.4 66.7 43.8 57.1 39.6 10.5 6.3 66.7
1651 43.5 70.4 87.5 24.4 72.2 42.8 50.7 44.5 16.6 6.1 75
48.4 66.6 82.2 28.4 59 42.6 60.6 46.9 24.3 7.2 75.7

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2017 56.3 13.6 26.1 4 26.1 48.7 25.1 7.5 38.2 18.1 27.6 5 2.5
2018 47.8 16.3 26.1 9.8 52.2 33.7 14.1 2.2 33.7 23.9 30.4 4.3 4.3
2019 54.5 15.9 29.5 0 40.9 31.8 27.3 4.5 38.6 9.1 31.8 4.5 6.8
2020 50 10 20 20 50 20 30 0 30 30 30 10 0
53.6 14.5 26.4 5.5 35.7 41.7 22.6 5.5 36.8 18.8 29 4.9 3.5
45.3 21.9 25.7 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.5 33.5 24.3 24.5 5.6 6.4

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2017 40 8 52 85 26 93 98 52 25 0 77 1 40 17 27 93
2018 12 33 70
2019
2020
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 24.8 3 2.4 1 1 1 2 66.7

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 3 3
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights and distances, but does not attempt to adjust for environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 90.2 89.6 -0.6 90.5 0.9 89.8 -0.7
Offspeed Velocity 83.4 84.4 1 84.9 0.5 82.8 -2.1
Breaking Velocity 82.3 84.4 2.1 82.9 -1.5 81.4 -1.5
Exit Velocity 87.1 85.9 -1.2 86.4 0.5 85.9 -0.5
Launch Angle 4.5 12.7 8.2 1.3 -11.4 17.8 16.5
Barrel % 2.5 4.3 1.8 6.8 2.5 0 -6.8
Hard Hit % 35.9 31.5 -4.4 31.8 0.3 30 -1.8
Sweet Spot % 26.6 31.5 4.9 40.9 9.4 20 -20.9
xBA .282 .27 -0.012 .355 0.085 .204 -0.151
BA .262 .303 0.041 .38 0.077 .417 0.037
xwOBA .319 .304 -0.015 .422 0.118 .274 -0.148
wOBA .3 .341 0.041 .445 0.104 .466 0.021
xSLG .396 .376 -0.02 .583 0.207 .257 -0.326
SLG .371 .45 0.079 .66 0.21 .583 -0.077
K% 9.2 16 6.8 14 -2 14.3 0.3
BB% 6.7 5 -1.7 7 2 14.3 7.3
Swing % 42.9 48.2 5.3 44.6 -3.6 39.6 -5
Whiff% 13.9 18.8 4.9 24 5.2 10.5 -13.5
In Zone Swing % 42.7 45.9 3.2 42.4 -3.5 41.7 -0.7
Out of Zone Swing % 57.3 54.1 -3.2 57.6 3.5 58.3 0.7
First Pitch Swing % 21 26.1 5.1 22.8 -3.3 14.3 -8.5
First Pitch Strike % 47.9 56.3 8.4 49.1 -7.2 57.1 8
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2017 237 .301 124 0 0.0 113 32 28.3
2018 119 .341 52 5 9.6 67 12 17.9
2019 57 .445 28 0 0.0 29 13 44.8
2020 14 .466 7 2 28.6 7 4 57.1

Pitch Distribution