Paul Blackburn
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 1" 196LBS | Age: 28

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

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 6 3 3.12 15 15 0 80.2 62 1.19
6 Seasons 12 14 4.77 45 42 0 218.2 139 1.38
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 15 6-3 3.12 80.2 62 1.19
6 Seasons 45 12-14 4.77 218.2 139 1.38

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2017 23 937 199 5 2.5 2.1 87.1 112.1 4.5 26.6 .284 .400 .300 .322 .325 35.9 9.2 6.7 3.22 4.48
2018 24 442 92 4 4.3 3.4 85.9 115.2 12.7 31.5 .272 .379 .341 .307 .337 31.5 16.0 5.0 7.16 3.98
2019 25 224 44 3 6.8 5.3 86.4 113.5 1.3 40.9 .362 .594 .445 .429 .479 31.8 14.0 7.0 10.64 9.15
2020 26 48 10 0 0 0 85.9 102.9 17.8 20.0 .204 .257 .466 .274 .244 30.0 14.3 14.3 27.00 3.13
2021 27 681 137 12 8.8 6.9 90.5 115.9 9.7 32.8 .300 .468 .383 .353 .390 51.1 14.9 5.7 5.87 5.44
2022 28 1249 247 12 4.9 3.6 87.8 113.9 6.5 29.1 .278 .421 .302 .323 .372 40.9 18.6 6.3 3.12 3.85
Player 3581 729 36 4.9 3.8 87.8 115.9 7.2 30.0 .287 .427 .333 .332 .363 39.6 14.9 6.3
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.2 12.1 32.9 .246 .410 .317 .317 .370 35.7 22.0 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Blackburn relies on 6 pitches.
Sinker
(36%) ,
Curveball
(18.5%) ,
Cutter
(18%) ,
Changeup
(13%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(9.8%) ,
Slider
(4.6%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2017 56.3 13.6 26.1 4.0 26.1 48.7 25.1 7.5 38.2 18.1 27.6 5.0 2.5 2.1
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 3.4
2019 54.5 15.9 29.5 0.0 40.9 31.8 27.3 4.5 38.6 9.1 31.8 4.5 6.8 5.3
2020 50.0 10.0 20.0 20.0 50.0 20.0 30.0 0.0 30.0 30.0 30.0 10.0 0.0 0.0
2021 51.8 19.7 24.1 4.4 40.9 40.1 19.0 4.4 34.3 19.7 24.8 8.0 8.8 6.9
2022 50.2 19.8 25.5 4.5 39.7 37.7 22.7 5.3 37.2 18.2 30.0 3.6 4.9 3.6
Player 52.1 17.3 25.7 4.9 38.0 40.1 21.9 5.2 36.5 18.8 28.5 5.1 4.9 3.8
MLB 45.0 22.9 25.1 7.1 36.7 37.8 25.4 3.8 33.1 24.5 24.4 5.7 6.7 4.6
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

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
2022 Changeup OAK R 162 86.0 29.9 0.0 0 12.9 -1.0 -7
2022 Curveball OAK R 231 78.9 60.9 6.8 13 8.6 -0.6 -6
2022 Cutter OAK R 225 87.0 31.3 -2.5 -9 6.3 3.1 99
2022 4-Seamer OAK R 123 91.6 16.0 -0.2 -1 5.3 -1.2 -18
2022 Slider OAK R 58 79.1 52.6 9.1 21 15.7 3.5 29
2022 Sinker OAK R 450 91.8 22.5 0.1 0 12.8 -1.7 -12
2021 Sinker OAK R 283 91.1 21.9 -0.9 -4 12.5 -2.1 -14
2021 Changeup OAK R 97 85.8 29.7 0.1 0 13.0 -0.7 -5
2021 4-Seamer OAK R 44 90.8 16.5 -0.2 -1 5.0 -1.8 -26
2021 Curveball OAK R 83 79.0 58.9 5.0 9 7.0 -1.6 -19
2021 Cutter OAK R 174 87.0 31.0 -2.2 -8 5.6 2.6 89
2020 Slider OAK R 9 84.0 36.6 -1.0 -3 5.8 0.5 10
2020 Curveball OAK R 3 73.5 69.8 6.4 10 10.2 -0.8 -7
2020 4-Seamer OAK R 4 90.1 16.0 0.9 5 4.9 -1.3 -21
2020 Changeup OAK R 12 82.8 32.4 2.0 6 6.7 -5.9 -47
2020 Sinker OAK R 20 89.8 21.6 -1.6 -7 12.4 -1.8 -13
2019 4-Seamer OAK R 25 90.0 18.6 -1.3 -8 2.4 -3.9 -63
2019 Slider OAK R 22 85.3 35.5 -1.0 -3 6.3 1.9 42
2019 Sinker OAK R 90 90.7 21.8 -1.2 -5 11.4 -2.8 -20
2019 Cutter OAK R 25 88.4 27.5 -0.3 -1 4.2 2.4 131
2019 Changeup OAK R 13 85.0 29.6 -0.5 -2 13.2 0.1 1
2019 Curveball OAK R 49 79.0 60.2 5.4 10 7.4 -0.9 -11
2018 Sinker OAK R 129 89.5 24.2 0.4 2 10.6 -3.4 -24
2018 Curveball OAK R 43 77.9 63.2 6.6 12 9.7 0.9 10
2018 Changeup OAK R 61 84.4 30.9 -0.5 -2 11.8 -1.3 -10
2018 Slider OAK R 160 86.2 33.4 -1.4 -4 6.8 2.5 60
2018 4-Seamer OAK R 49 89.9 19.7 -2.2 -13 2.8 -3.7 -57
2017 4-Seamer OAK R 76 90.4 17.1 -0.9 -6 4.1 -3.7 -47
2017 Sinker OAK R 444 90.2 22.7 0.3 2 10.8 -3.6 -25
2017 Changeup OAK R 85 83.4 30.6 0.4 1 12.4 -0.9 -7
2017 Slider OAK R 244 84.6 36.4 0.7 2 6.7 2.3 51
2017 Curveball OAK R 86 75.8 63.2 6.0 11 13.8 4.1 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 %
2022 Sinker -0.5 -2 450 36.0 135 .233 .319 .327 14.7 13.3 17.3 .277 .406 .347 46.5
2022 Curveball -2.5 -6 231 18.5 59 .138 .259 .176 29.5 37.3 20.8 .208 .321 .232 41.7
2022 Cutter 1.4 3 225 18.0 45 .395 .674 .466 25.9 4.4 10.5 .376 .498 .390 26.8
2022 Changeup 0.3 0 162 13.0 39 .342 .632 .421 29.2 10.3 18.2 .388 .693 .460 47.1
2022 4-Seamer -0.5 -1 123 9.8 34 .206 .324 .254 21.2 29.4 15.2 .234 .386 .263 41.7
2022 Slider -0.6 0 58 4.6 19 .158 .316 .245 33.3 31.6 24.0 .124 .164 .123 23.1
2021 Sinker 1.2 3 283 41.6 73 .354 .615 .445 6.2 12.3 14.5 .314 .480 .379 57.1
2021 Cutter 0.4 1 174 25.6 49 .298 .511 .359 10.0 4.1 5.6 .303 .483 .349 42.2
2021 Changeup -4.3 -4 97 14.2 22 .238 .286 .252 24.0 18.2 17.4 .307 .366 .311 41.2
2021 Curveball 5.2 4 83 12.2 25 .292 .542 .368 45.9 44.0 28.2 .268 .516 .346 76.9
2021 4-Seamer 6.8 3 44 6.5 6 .500 .667 .508 6.7 0.0 0.0 .230 .398 .265 33.3
2020 Sinker 14.8 3 20 41.7 6 .667 .833 .658 0.0 0.0 -- .313 .353 .300 33.3
2020 Changeup 10.2 1 12 25.0 4 .333 .667 .488 16.7 25.0 33.3 .165 .284 .316 50.0
2020 Slider -1.2 0 9 18.8 1 .000 .000 .000 50.0 100.0 100.0 -- -- .000 --
2020 4-Seamer -0.5 0 4 8.3 2 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 .027 .044 .366 0.0
2020 Curveball -2.8 0 3 6.3 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .047 .066 .047 0.0
2019 Sinker 3.8 3 90 40.2 22 .476 .667 .507 10.5 4.5 7.7 .465 .690 .503 45.0
2019 Curveball -1.3 -1 49 21.9 18 .294 .412 .306 40.0 38.9 28.0 .234 .258 .221 18.2
2019 Cutter -5.4 -1 25 11.2 6 .200 .400 .250 26.7 0.0 0.0 .226 .362 .248 16.7
2019 4-Seamer 5.1 1 25 11.2 2 1.000 4.000 1.350 25.0 0.0 0.0 .940 3.767 1.272 100.0
2019 Slider 9.3 2 22 9.8 4 .500 2.000 .850 28.6 0.0 0.0 .468 1.753 .788 50.0
2019 Changeup 3.8 0 13 5.8 5 .250 .500 .390 28.6 0.0 0.0 .304 .345 .370 0.0
2018 Slider 0.9 1 160 36.2 42 .289 .395 .319 20.7 11.9 13.5 .288 .432 .332 32.4
2018 Sinker 0.8 1 129 29.2 33 .323 .516 .380 8.3 6.1 8.7 .287 .387 .317 41.4
2018 Changeup 3.7 2 61 13.8 11 .455 .818 .541 25.0 0.0 0.0 .578 .797 .590 18.2
2018 4-Seamer -0.8 0 49 11.1 17 .143 .214 .250 4.8 17.6 16.7 .134 .154 .230 27.3
2018 Curveball 4.1 2 43 9.7 16 .333 .400 .263 45.5 56.3 32.1 .093 .116 .095 14.3
2017 Sinker -0.2 -1 444 47.4 97 .326 .465 .388 8.9 7.2 7.9 .343 .472 .390 51.9
2017 Slider -1.7 -4 244 26.0 83 .247 .309 .255 15.3 10.8 12.7 .242 .302 .245 27.8
2017 Curveball -0.5 0 86 9.2 15 .200 .200 .180 29.0 13.3 5.3 .237 .289 .228 0.0
2017 Changeup -2.7 -2 85 9.1 23 .143 .286 .226 17.8 4.3 6.3 .262 .507 .353 25.0
2017 4-Seamer 0.9 1 76 8.1 18 .250 .500 .358 8.7 11.1 8.0 .283 .496 .367 35.7
! 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 11 82.9 54 9.5 12:30 1:30 -60
2020 Sinker 20 89.8 87 17.1 12:30 1:45 -75
2021 Changeup 96 85.8 80 14.9 1:00 2:15 -75
2021 Curveball 82 79.1 82 19.2 7:00 6:45 15
2021 Cutter 174 87.0 44 7.2 11:00 10:00 60
2021 4-Seam Fastball 44 90.8 86 16.8 12:45 12:30 15
2021 Sinker 283 91.1 86 16.5 12:45 1:45 -60
2022 Changeup 161 86.0 78 14.7 1:00 2:15 -75
2022 Curveball 230 78.9 89 21.5 7:00 6:45 15
2022 Cutter 221 87.0 41 7.8 11:00 10:00 60
2022 4-Seam Fastball 121 91.6 86 16.9 12:45 12:45 0
2022 Sinker 445 91.8 85 16.1 12:45 2:00 -75
2022 Slider 57 79.1 75 19.9 7:15 8:00 -45
! Note: This table is showing data from the PITCHER perspective.
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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 -3 6 2 6
2019 57 224 2 0 3 0 5
2021 175 681 -1 1 3 4 7
2022 331 1,249 -5 -10 5 5 -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 40.0 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 24.0 5.4 75.0
2020 48 41.7 65.0 100.0 21.4 66.7 43.8 57.1 39.6 10.5 6.3 66.7
2021 681 43.0 65.2 91.6 25.3 67.3 43.5 55.4 42.4 15.6 5.6 73.7
2022 1,249 47.1 62.1 82.7 26.2 62.4 45.6 63.1 43.1 23.4 6.2 67.5
Player 3,581 44.6 66.4 86.6 25.1 67.9 43.9 56.0 43.6 18.8 6.0 72.1
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.3 58.4 42.6 60.7 47.0 24.6 7.3 76.0
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2017 39 9 52 85 27 93 98 52 25 1 77 1 39 18 27 93
2018 13 33
2019 15 19
2021 11 30 66
2022 49 20 55 77 41 32 84 69 32 22 71 36 49 13 31 67
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2017 23.1 5 4.5 1 2 3 2 40.0
2018 20.1 2 1.5 1 2 1 1 50.0
2019 24.8 3 2.4 1 1 1 2 66.7
2021 23.5 8 7.5 1 4 3 5 62.5
2022 24.6 7 6.2 1 4 5 2 28.6

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2017 5 4 6 4 5 4 4 5 5 4 5 4 4 3 4 6 3 5 4 4 5 4 4 5 5 5 6 4 5 4 5
2018 2 2 3 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1
2019 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 3 4
2021 8 5 9 6 8 9 8 9 8 6 8 8 6 7 6 8 9 6 7 6 7 8 8 8 6 8 10 6 9 8 8
2022 7 7 7 6 6 8 6 7 6 5 7 7 5 2 4 7 7 6 6 5 9 7 7 5 6 6 7 5 5 6 9
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and 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 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 90.2 89.6 -0.6 90.2 0.6 89.8 -0.4 89.6 -0.2 90.4 0.8
Offspeed Velocity 83.4 84.4 1 85 0.6 82.8 -2.2 85.8 3 86 0.2
Breaking Velocity 82.3 84.4 2.1 81 -3.4 81.4 0.4 79 -2.4 78.9 -0.1
Exit Velocity 87.1 85.9 -1.2 86.4 0.5 85.9 -0.5 90.5 4.6 87.8 -2.7
Launch Angle 4.5 12.7 8.2 1.3 -11.4 17.8 16.5 9.7 -8.1 6.5 -3.2
Barrel % 2.5 4.3 1.8 6.8 2.5 0 -6.8 8.8 8.8 4.9 -3.9
Hard Hit % 35.9 31.5 -4.4 31.8 0.3 30 -1.8 51.1 21.1 40.9 -10.2
Sweet Spot % 26.6 31.5 4.9 40.9 9.4 20 -20.9 32.8 12.8 29.1 -3.7
xBA .284 .272 -0.012 .362 0.09 .204 -0.158 .3 0.096 .278 -0.022
BA .262 .303 0.041 .38 0.077 .417 0.037 .319 -0.098 .244 -0.075
xwOBA .322 .307 -0.015 .429 0.122 .274 -0.155 .353 0.079 .323 -0.03
wOBA .3 .341 0.041 .445 0.104 .466 0.021 .383 -0.083 .302 -0.081
xSLG .4 .379 -0.021 .594 0.215 .257 -0.337 .468 0.211 .421 -0.047
SLG .371 .45 0.079 .66 0.21 .583 -0.077 .534 -0.049 .396 -0.138
K% 9.2 16 6.8 14 -2 14.3 0.3 14.9 0.6 18.6 3.7
BB% 6.7 5 -1.7 7 2 14.3 7.3 5.7 -8.6 6.3 0.6
Swing % 42.9 48.2 5.3 44.6 -3.6 39.6 -5 42.4 2.8 43.1 0.7
Whiff% 13.9 18.8 4.9 24 5.2 10.5 -13.5 15.6 5.1 23.4 7.8
In Zone % 42.7 45.9 3.2 42.4 -3.5 41.7 -0.7 43 1.3 47.1 4.1
Out of Zone % 57.3 54.1 -3.2 57.6 3.5 58.3 0.7 57 -1.3 52.9 -4.1
Out of Zone Swing % 22.8 27.2 4.4 26.4 -0.8 21.4 -5 25.3 3.9 26.2 0.9
First Pitch Swing % 21 26.1 5.1 22.8 -3.3 14.3 -8.5 25.7 11.4 28.2 2.5
First Pitch Strike % 47.9 56.3 8.4 49.1 -7.2 57.1 8 55.4 -1.7 63.1 7.7
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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
2021 175 .383 98 30 30.6 77 58 75.3
2022 331 .302 168 33 19.6 163 99 60.7

Pitch Tempo