Paul Blackburn
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 1" 196LBS | Age: 29

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

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2023 0 0 6.00 2 2 0 9.0 9 1.67
7 Seasons 13 17 5.12 53 50 0 258.1 175 1.39
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2023 2 0-0 6.00 9.0 9 1.67
7 Seasons 53 13-17 5.12 258.1 175 1.39

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 .399 .300 .321 .325 35.9 9.2 6.7 3.22 4.45
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 .361 .593 .445 .429 .478 31.8 14.0 7.0 10.64 9.15
2020 26 48 10 0 0.0 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 1762 343 24 7.0 5.1 88.2 113.9 9.0 30.0 .259 .401 .326 .315 .360 40.5 19.1 6.4 4.28 4.14
2023 29 166 29 3 10.3 7.1 85.9 113.9 10.3 41.4 .260 .456 .369 .334 .387 27.6 21.4 9.5 6.00 4.61
Player 4260 854 51 6.0 4.6 87.9 115.9 8.2 30.7 .277 .419 .340 .327 .360 39.2 15.7 6.5
MLB 6.8 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.1 33.0 .245 .405 .316 .315 .368 36.0 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Blackburn relies on 6 pitches.
Sinker
(37.3%) ,
Cutter
(21.1%) ,
Curveball
(17.5%) ,
Slider
(17.5%) ,
Changeup
(3.6%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(3%) ,


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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 47.5 23.6 23.0 5.8 39.9 38.5 21.6 4.1 34.7 21.3 28.6 3.8 7.0 5.1
2023 41.4 24.1 27.6 6.9 41.4 31.0 27.6 3.4 34.5 20.7 20.7 10.3 10.3 7.1
Player 50.5 19.3 24.7 5.5 38.4 39.8 21.8 4.7 35.5 20.0 27.9 5.2 6.0 4.6
MLB 44.8 23.2 24.9 7.1 36.9 37.6 25.4 3.9 33.0 24.6 24.4 5.8 6.8 4.7
! 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
2023 Changeup OAK R 6 85.5 29.5 -1.3 -4 12.7 -1.9 -13
2023 Slider OAK R 29 80.0 51.2 9.2 22 17.2 6.7 64
2023 4-Seamer OAK R 5 92.2 16.5 -0.7 -5 4.7 -2.1 -31
2023 Curveball OAK R 29 78.8 60.8 6.4 12 7.0 -2.6 -27
2023 Cutter OAK R 35 86.9 31.5 -2.1 -7 6.4 3.3 110
2023 Sinker OAK R 62 91.6 18.9 -4.0 -17 10.0 -5.1 -34
2022 Changeup OAK R 223 86.0 29.5 -0.4 -1 13.1 -0.8 -6
2022 Curveball OAK R 310 78.8 61.1 6.9 13 8.4 -0.5 -6
2022 Slider OAK R 82 79.1 52.6 9.2 21 15.4 4.9 47
2022 Sinker OAK R 603 91.7 22.5 -0.1 -1 12.8 -1.7 -12
2022 Cutter OAK R 344 87.1 30.9 -2.7 -10 6.1 3.1 103
2022 4-Seamer OAK R 200 91.5 16.3 -0.3 -2 5.6 -1.2 -17
2021 Cutter OAK R 174 87.0 31.0 -2.3 -8 5.6 2.7 95
2021 Curveball OAK R 83 79.0 58.9 4.9 9 7.0 -1.6 -18
2021 Sinker OAK R 283 91.1 21.9 -1.1 -5 12.5 -2.1 -15
2021 4-Seamer OAK R 44 90.8 16.5 -0.2 -1 5.0 -1.9 -27
2021 Changeup OAK R 97 85.8 29.7 0.1 0 13.0 -0.7 -5
2020 4-Seamer OAK R 4 90.1 16.0 0.9 5 4.9 -1.4 -22
2020 Curveball OAK R 3 73.5 69.8 6.4 10 10.2 -0.8 -7
2020 Changeup OAK R 12 82.8 32.4 2.0 7 6.7 -5.9 -47
2020 Slider OAK R 9 84.0 36.6 -1.0 -3 5.8 0.7 15
2020 Sinker OAK R 20 89.8 21.6 -1.9 -8 12.4 -2.0 -14
2019 Sinker OAK R 90 90.7 21.8 -1.4 -6 11.4 -2.9 -20
2019 Cutter OAK R 25 88.4 27.5 -0.3 -1 4.2 2.4 128
2019 Changeup OAK R 13 85.0 29.6 -0.4 -1 13.2 0.1 0
2019 Curveball OAK R 49 79.0 60.2 5.4 10 7.4 -0.9 -11
2019 4-Seamer OAK R 25 90.0 18.6 -1.3 -7 2.4 -4.0 -63
2019 Slider OAK R 22 85.3 35.5 -0.9 -3 6.3 2.0 46
2018 Curveball OAK R 43 77.9 63.2 6.6 12 9.7 0.9 10
2018 Sinker OAK R 129 89.5 24.2 0.4 2 10.6 -3.4 -24
2018 Changeup OAK R 61 84.4 30.9 -0.5 -1 11.8 -1.4 -10
2018 4-Seamer OAK R 48 90.0 19.7 -2.2 -13 2.8 -3.7 -57
2018 Slider OAK R 160 86.2 33.4 -1.3 -4 6.8 2.6 62
2017 Changeup OAK R 85 83.4 30.6 0.4 1 12.4 -1.0 -7
2017 Curveball OAK R 86 75.8 63.2 6.1 11 13.8 4.1 42
2017 Sinker OAK R 444 90.2 22.7 0.3 1 10.8 -3.6 -25
2017 4-Seamer OAK R 76 90.4 17.1 -0.9 -6 4.1 -3.7 -47
2017 Slider OAK R 244 84.6 36.4 0.8 2 6.7 2.5 58
! 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 %
2023 Sinker 0.2 0 62 37.3 14 .273 .455 .343 22.7 21.4 17.6 .226 .407 .311 44.4
2023 Cutter -2.6 -1 35 21.1 7 .286 .286 .257 11.8 28.6 28.6 .320 .505 .349 20.0
2023 Curveball -3.3 -1 29 17.5 6 .167 .333 .208 16.7 16.7 8.3 .124 .214 .142 20.0
2023 Slider 9.0 3 29 17.5 11 .400 .700 .491 35.7 27.3 30.0 .318 .628 .427 14.3
2023 Changeup -5.6 0 6 3.6 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 -- .320 .352 .291 0.0
2023 4-Seamer 17.8 1 5 3.0 2 1.000 3.000 1.150 0.0 0.0 0.0 .334 .590 .540 100.0
2022 Sinker 0.3 2 603 34.2 175 .270 .395 .359 14.4 12.6 16.8 .281 .410 .351 50.4
2022 Cutter 2.0 7 344 19.5 80 .368 .645 .444 26.1 10.0 19.0 .297 .418 .332 23.5
2022 Curveball -1.5 -5 310 17.6 78 .160 .307 .216 31.3 37.2 21.0 .200 .307 .237 41.3
2022 Changeup 0.4 1 223 12.7 54 .308 .538 .373 29.7 14.8 22.2 .337 .561 .397 43.2
2022 4-Seamer 0.0 0 200 11.4 51 .180 .400 .269 17.4 23.5 12.1 .215 .427 .281 36.8
2022 Slider 0.9 1 82 4.7 27 .154 .385 .272 35.1 37.0 25.0 .131 .207 .163 31.3
2021 Sinker 1.2 3 283 41.6 73 .354 .615 .445 6.2 12.3 14.5 .314 .480 .380 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 .266 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 .315 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 .223 .359 .245 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 0.7 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 48 10.9 17 .143 .214 .250 4.8 17.6 16.7 .134 .153 .230 27.3
2018 Curveball 4.2 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 .241 .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 .368 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 222 86.0 80 15.1 1:00 2:15 -75
2022 Curveball 309 78.8 90 21.6 7:00 6:45 15
2022 Cutter 340 87.1 42 7.8 11:00 10:00 60
2022 4-Seam Fastball 198 91.5 87 16.7 12:45 12:45 0
2022 Sinker 597 91.7 85 16.1 12:45 2:00 -75
2022 Slider 81 79.1 74 19.7 7:15 7:45 -30
2023 Curveball 29 78.8 89 20.7 6:45 6:45 0
2023 Cutter 35 86.9 40 7.7 11:00 9:45 75
2023 Sinker 62 91.6 89 17.0 1:00 1:15 -15
2023 Slider 29 80.0 71 21.0 7:15 8:00 -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 -3 6 2 6
2019 57 224 2 0 3 0 5
2021 175 681 -1 1 3 4 7
2022 465 1,762 1 -10 8 7 6
2023 42 166 0 0 1 0 1
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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 42.5 69.5 88.0 23.0 79.8 40.1 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 5.4 79.2
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 43.2 65.0 91.6 25.3 67.3 43.5 55.4 42.4 15.6 5.6 73.7
2022 1,762 46.7 65.0 84.5 26.5 57.8 44.9 63.6 44.5 23.6 6.3 67.6
2023 166 50.6 58.3 87.8 30.5 60.0 50.0 71.4 44.6 20.3 6.0 50.0
Player 4,260 45.0 66.7 86.9 25.7 65.1 44.1 57.6 44.2 19.5 6.0 70.4
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.2 42.6 60.8 47.1 24.7 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2017 40 9 52 85 27 93 98 52 25 1 77 1 6 18 27 93 50
2018 13 33 52
2019 15 19 38
2021 11 30 66 41
2022 36 20 34 50 40 34 56 56 27 25 72 30 18 12 31 68 46
2023 10 42 49
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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 4.7 0 3 2 3 60.0
2018 20.1 2 1.5 1 0 3 0 0.0
2019 24.8 3 2.4 1 1 1 2 66.7
2021 23.5 8 7.2 1 4 3 5 62.5
2022 23.9 15 12.9 2 5 12 4 26.7
2023 19.1 1 0.9 0 0 1 0 0.0
Player 23.4 34 29.6 4 13 22 14 41.2

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2017 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 7 4 4 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 4 4 5 5 4 4
2018 2 2 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 0 2 3 2 0 1 1 1 2 2 0
2019 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 2 2
2021 8 8 6 9 7 7 8 8 7 5 7 10 5 6 8 9 7 7 7 7 6 8 9 8 7 6 9 7 6 6 7
2022 15 13 10 14 13 12 15 10 6 8 10 11 14 13 13 17 15 14 12 11 14 11 20 15 11 11 16 17 15 13 12
2023 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Player 34 32 25 33 30 28 32 27 21 22 26 34 29 28 31 37 30 29 29 28 29 28 41 35 27 25 33 34 32 28 26
! 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 2017 2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 90.2 89.6 -0.6 90.2 0.6 89.8 -0.4 89.6 -0.2 90.3 0.7 90.0 -0.3
Offspeed Velocity 83.4 84.4 1.0 85.0 0.6 82.8 -2.2 85.8 3.0 86.0 0.2 85.5 -0.5
Breaking Velocity 82.3 84.4 2.1 81.0 -3.4 81.4 0.4 79.0 -2.4 78.9 -0.1 79.4 0.5
Exit Velocity 87.1 85.9 -1.2 86.4 0.5 85.9 -0.5 90.5 4.6 88.2 -2.3 85.9 -2.3
Launch Angle 4.5 12.7 8.2 1.3 -11.4 17.8 16.5 9.7 -8.1 9.0 -0.7 10.3 1.3
Barrel % 2.5 4.3 1.8 6.8 2.5 0.0 -6.8 8.8 8.8 7.0 -1.8 10.3 3.3
Hard Hit % 35.9 31.5 -4.4 31.8 0.3 30.0 -1.8 51.1 21.1 40.5 -10.6 27.6 -12.9
Sweet Spot % 26.6 31.5 4.9 40.9 9.4 20.0 -20.9 32.8 12.8 30.0 -2.8 41.4 11.4
xBA .284 .272 -0.012 .361 0.089 .204 -0.157 .300 0.096 .259 -0.041 .260 0.001
BA .262 .303 0.041 .380 0.077 .417 0.037 .319 -0.098 .255 -0.064 .297 0.042
xwOBA .321 .307 -0.014 .429 0.122 .274 -0.155 .353 0.079 .315 -0.038 .334 0.019
wOBA .300 .341 0.041 .445 0.104 .466 0.021 .383 -0.083 .326 -0.057 .369 0.043
xSLG .399 .379 -0.020 .593 0.214 .257 -0.336 .468 0.211 .401 -0.067 .456 0.055
SLG .371 .450 0.079 .660 0.210 .583 -0.077 .534 -0.049 .441 -0.093 .514 0.073
K% 9.2 16.0 6.8 14.0 -2.0 14.3 0.3 14.9 0.6 19.1 4.2 21.4 2.3
BB% 6.7 5.0 -1.7 7.0 2.0 14.3 7.3 5.7 -8.6 6.4 0.7 9.5 3.1
Swing % 42.9 48.2 5.3 44.6 -3.6 39.6 -5.0 42.4 2.8 44.5 2.1 44.6 0.1
Whiff% 13.9 18.8 4.9 24.0 5.2 10.5 -13.5 15.6 5.1 23.6 8.0 20.3 -3.3
In Zone % 42.5 45.9 3.4 42.4 -3.5 41.7 -0.7 43.2 1.5 46.7 3.5 50.6 3.9
Out of Zone % 57.5 54.1 -3.4 57.6 3.5 58.3 0.7 56.8 -1.5 53.3 -3.5 49.4 -3.9
Out of Zone Swing % 23.0 27.2 4.2 26.4 -0.8 21.4 -5.0 25.3 3.9 26.5 1.2 30.5 4.0
First Pitch Swing % 21.0 26.1 5.1 22.8 -3.3 14.3 -8.5 25.7 11.4 31.5 5.8 21.4 -10.1
First Pitch Strike % 47.9 56.3 8.4 49.1 -7.2 57.1 8.0 55.4 -1.7 63.6 8.2 71.4 7.8
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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
2021 175 .383 98 30 30.6 77 58 75.3
2022 465 .326 226 49 21.7 239 144 60.3
2023 42 .369 26 0 0.0 16 0 0.0

Pitch Tempo