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Paul Blackburn SP

Oakland Athletics

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Player Updates

September 28, 2020 11:36 AM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Moves to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Athletics optioned Blackburn to their alternate training site Sunday.

Blackburn made his lone appearance of the regular season Saturday, when he started the second game of the Athletics' twin bill with the Mariners. He didn't make a positive impression during the spot start, giving up seven runs on five hits and two walks over 2.1 innings. Blackburn won't be a serious candidate to fill a spot on the Athletics' postseason roster.

September 27, 2020 01:12 AM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Hit hard by Mariners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn (0-1) gave up seven runs on five hits and two walks and struck out two in 2.1 innings in a loss to the Mariners in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader.

Blackburn was the 29th man for the doubleheader, and he wasn't able to deliver a positive start. That forced the bullpen to absorb 3.2 innings of play. Blackburn hadn't pitched in the majors since last September, and it's likely the right-hander will return to the alternate training site after Saturday's uninspiring effort.

September 26, 2020 12:12 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Recalled ahead of start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn was called up as the Athletics' 29th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the Mariners.

Blackburn will start the second game of Saturday's twin bill, so his temporary promotion to the major-league roster comes as no surprise. He'll be making his 2020 debut during the penultimate game of the regular season after posting a 10.64 ERA and 2.09 WHIP over 11 innings in 2019.

September 25, 2020 07:08 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Slated to start Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn will start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mariners, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Blackburn will return to the active roster Saturday after spending nearly a month at the Athletics' alternate training site. The right-hander failed to make an appearance during his first stint in the majors this year, but he'll make his season debut during Saturday's twin bill as Oakland prepares for the postseason.

August 24, 2020 03:48 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Sent down by Athletics
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn was optioned to the Athletics' alternate training site Monday.

Blackburn joined the major-league bullpen Wednesday, but he failed to make an appearance during his time on the active roster. He'll continue to work with the alternate club after right-hander Jordan Weems was recalled in a corresponding move.

August 19, 2020 03:12 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Summoned to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn was recalled from Oakland's alternate camp site Wednesday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

Blackburn will provide the A's with a fresh bullpen arm after Tuesday's starter (Frankie Montas) recorded just five outs before exiting. The righty appeared in four games for the A's in 2019 and allowed 13 runs across 11 innings. James Kaprielian was optioned in a corresponding move.

April 8, 2020 02:24 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Heads to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Athletics optioned Blackburn to Triple-A Las Vegas on March 7.

With Frankie Montas back after missing most of the second half of 2019 while suspended and youngsters Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk expected to become fixtures in the Athletics' rotation this season, Blackburn was quickly dismissed from the competition for a starting role with the big club. He'll likely serve as a depth option in the minors for most of 2020 unless injuries reopen an opportunity for him at the big-league level.

September 10, 2019 04:04 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Logs five innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn did not factor into the decision in Monday's loss to the Astros but allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits, a walk and a wild pitch over five innings. He did not record any strikeouts.

The right-hander was forced into extended duty due to Mike Fiers' day ending after a 50-pitch, nine-run first inning. Blackburn took his share of lumps against a red-hot Astros offense as well, but he did manage to eat up some valuable innings and serve as a bridge to Lou Trivino, who came on in the seventh. Blackburn has made two appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sept. 1 and sports a 9.00 ERA across his first six innings.

September 7, 2019 05:28 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Tagged with loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn (0-2) allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in an inning of relief Friday, taking the loss in a 5-4 extra-innings loss to the Tigers.

Blackburn allowed a single to Dawel Lugo and an RBI double to Willi Castro to get stuck with the loss for the second time in as many major-league appearances this season. Blackburn is expected to continue serving out of the bullpen down the stretch.

September 1, 2019 06:56 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Recalled Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Athletics recalled Blackburn from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

Aside from a spot start with the big club in June, Blackburn has pitched exclusively at Triple-A this season, submitting a 4.34 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 132.2 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander will provide the Athletics with some extra length out of the bullpen but isn't expected to garner a look in the rotation at any point in September.

July 7, 2019 02:44 AM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Heading back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.

Blackburn was just called up from the Aviators on Friday, but his stay with the Athletics was never expected to be long term. The right-hander essentially served as a one-day stand-in for J.B. Wendelken, who couldn't be promoted until Saturday due to the mandatory 10-day waiting period in place for such scenarios. Manager Bob Melvin explained that Blackburn's best chance at seeing consistent game action is on the farm, with the big-league club having much more of a need for relievers than starters at the moment.

July 5, 2019 06:16 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Called up by Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

Blackburn has been exclusively a starter this season, posting a 5.26 ERA in 15 starts for Las Vegas and allowing five runs in one three-inning start for Oakland. He appears to be up as a reliever this time around with no gaps available in the big-league rotation before the All-Star break. Tanner Anderson was sent down in a corresponding move.

June 23, 2019 03:00 AM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Candidate for Montas' next start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn is a candidate to start Wednesday against the Cardinals, a game that would have represented Frankie Montas' (suspension) next turn in the rotation, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

Blackburn most recently served as the 26th man for a twin bill against the Rangers on June 8, starting the first game and allowing five runs on five hits and three walks across three innings. The 25-year-old has been a mixed bag at Triple-A Las Vegas, as his 5.40 ERA and 1.36 WHIP belie his 6-1 record to an extent. Blackburn has 17 major-league starts overall under his belt, with the bulk of them coming during an impressive 2017 stint where he forged a 3-1 record, 3.22 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 58.2 innings.

June 9, 2019 02:20 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Demoted after spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Athletics optioned Blackburn to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday.

Blackburn served as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader with the Rangers and started the first game. He lasted only three innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks en route to taking the loss. The performance wasn't good enough for the Athletics to justify keeping Blackburn around the next time a fifth starter is needed, so he'll head back to the minors and rejoin Las Vegas' rotation.

June 8, 2019 11:48 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Strikes out four in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn (0-1) gave up five runs over three innings as he took the loss in the first game of a doubleheader against Texas on Saturday. He allowed five hits and three walks while striking out four.

The Rangers jumped on Blackburn right away, picking up three runs in the first inning. The 25-year-old then allowed two more runs on a Nomar Mazara homer in the third inning. The right-hander was making his first appearance of the season and this effort leaves him with an ERA of 15.00.

June 8, 2019 04:48 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Starting first game of twin bill
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

Blackburn had previously been slated to go in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader, but he'll toe the rubber in the matinee instead. The right-hander will be making his first big-league appearance of 2019 after logging 11 starts with the Aviators thus far this season.

June 5, 2019 02:28 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: May start in Saturday's twin bill
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn is expected to be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to start one game of the Athletics' doubleheader Saturday against the Rangers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Since Blackburn is already on the 40-man roster and would be available Saturday on five days' rest, he makes for the most logical candidate to serve as the Athletics' 26th man for the twin bill. Over 16 starts with the big club in parts of the past two seasons, Blackburn didn't turn in exciting fantasy production, posting a 4.48 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and an 11.5 K%. His numbers at Triple-A this season (4.55 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 19 K%) don't provide much reason to hope for better results if he's summoned for a spot start Saturday.

March 11, 2019 12:20 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Blackburn threw the ball well early in camp, but he's been sent to Triple-A where he'll open the 2019 campaign. He's surfaced in the major leagues with the Athletics in each of the last two seasons yet struggled to a 7.16 ERA with 19 punchouts over 27.2 innings last year.

March 3, 2019 01:52 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Impressing in bid for starting spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn allowed two hits and recorded a strikeout over three scoreless innings in Saturday's 1-0 Cactus League win over the Indians.

One of multiple pitchers vying for the Athletics' fifth and final rotation spot, Blackburn turned in a gem during this time on the mound. Following an injury-marred 2018 that featured a pair of injured list stints, Blackburn has yet to walk a batter over five spring frames and earned high praise from manager Bob Melvin following Saturday's appearance, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. "He looked by far the best, his bullpens, anything," Melvin said. "Good life in his arm today. Ball was moving late, had a good breaking ball. Looked like when we've seen him pitch really well in Oakland. This was a different guy for me."

February 20, 2019 12:00 PM
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Tabbed to start spring opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn will start the Athletics' first Cactus League game Thursday against the Mariners, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

There's a decent chance the game gets rained out, but if it goes on as planned, Blackburn will toe the rubber first for Oakland. This is encouraging given that the right-hander missed the second half of the 2018 season due to elbow tendinitis. With his health woes seemingly behind him, Blackburn can focus on trying to win a major-league rotation spot. He would seems like a bit of a long shot given his 4.48 career ERA.

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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020OAK0127.001100002.35770022
2019OAK0210.6441000011.01914133148
2018OAK237.1666000027.733232222619
2017OAK313.221010000058.7582221511622
Total575.71018000099.311566631042851
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020OAK0230.7000001.4173.0001427.00
2019OAK02145.2000001.3802.0915719.64
2018OAK033261.3000001.3031.41011913.34
2017OAK089521.7000101.2621.26123811.51
Total0145851.70105104.2931.44042813.32
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2012R-Azl Cubs 20.2960200137233.561.485
2013ASX-Boise Hawks 46.0131202303829413.331.522
2014AFX-Kane County Cougars117.02424094075311083.231.188
2015AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican 89.2181807506322893.131.244
2016AA-Tennessee Smokies102.1181806407226963.171.195
2016AA-Jackson Generals 40.2870310279423.581.269
2017AAA-Nashville Sounds 79.2151405605626693.071.200
2018AFA-Stockton Ports 3.21100001188.442.812
2019AAA-Las Vegas Aviators132.224220113092341334.361.263
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/196
Birthdate:
12/4/1993
Age:
26
Hometown:
Antioch, CA
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Oakland Athletics
College:

MLB Experience:
4