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Paul Blackburn PCubs

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 20)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
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Birth Date12-4-1993
Height6' 2"
Weight185 lbs
Age21 years, 0 months, 25 days
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2012 CUB Rk 9 6 20.7 6.49 79 .284 .273 .349 .406 .281 .313 99 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2013 BOI A- 13 12 46.0 5.76 69 .264 .238 .320 .331 .261 .290 104 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2014 KNC A 24 24 117.0 5.35 79 .247 .254 .323 .374 .264 .279 97 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2012 CUB Rk 2 0 0 9 6 20.7 23 7 13 2 54% .313 10.0 3.0 0.9 5.7 1.45 3.48 3.6 0.4
2013 BOI A- 2 3 0 13 12 46.0 41 29 38 3 54% .290 8.0 5.7 0.6 7.4 1.52 3.33 0.7 0.1
2014 KNC A 9 4 0 24 24 117.0 108 31 75 6 58% .279 8.3 2.4 0.5 5.8 1.19 3.23 -0.8 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

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BP Articles

Paul Blackburn is referenced in the following articles.

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of September 5-7Jeff Moore2014-09-08
Overthinking It: The BP Staff Tries to Trade, and Trade for, David PriceBen Lindbergh2014-06-27
Overthinking It: The BP Staff Tries to Trade, and Trade for, David PriceBaseball Prospectus2014-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 22Jeff Moore2014-05-23
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014Jason Parks2014-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of May 16-18Jeff Moore2014-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: April 29, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-04-29
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2014 Organizational RankingsJason Parks2014-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher ProspectsCraig Goldstein2014-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher ProspectsBen Carsley2014-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2014-01-23
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 2, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-02


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank the current and former KC Cougar starting pitchers - Jen-Ho Tseng, Paul Blackburn, Daury Torrez, Duane Underwood and Juan Paniagua (no need to ask about Tyler Skulina as I know he'd be at the bottom of your list)?
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
Tseng, Underwood, Blackburn, Torrez, Paniagua, Skulina (yeah I don't like Tyler much) (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Paul Blackburn, Jen-Ho Tseng, Duane Underwood: Which intriguing Cubs low-A pitcher do you prefer?
(msquared from usa)
Tseng right now, but I can see Underwood growing up and taking over that spot in my heart. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a sense of which lesser known Cubs prospects could be valuable dynasty league assets in 2015?
(Dan from Chicago)
Depends on what you mean by lesser known. I think Pierce Johnson and Paul Blackburn could be assets depending on league depth. If you're looking for blow up potential I think Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres can be valuable trade assets in 2015 as they get more exposure to pro ball. Tseng should be getting some love too. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Who are a couple pitchers set to explode onto the prospect scene this season? Tirado and Edwin Diaz seem to be close, any others you are banking on?
(tjco1006 from Up n In Rehab Center)
Jose Martinez for the DBacks; Alex Reyes for the Cards; Paul Blackburn with the Cubs is ready to take a big step forward; Lucas Sims is still highly underrated as a prospect; Tyler Danish is an out-of-the-box candidate. Its unorthodox but don't write him off. (Jason Parks)
2013-07-12 19:30:00 (link to chat)Trevor Clifton was signed by the Cubs today. He seems to be their main overslot guy (from what little information I've read). What kind of upside does he have? Also, (if you have time): Paul Blackburn, small sample size, good results. You like him?
(Steve from Lafayette)
Clifton is a fun arm, but doesn't fit my preferred profile (while he should get stronger, I don't know that his frame is one that projects to physicality -- more wiry strength). That's not to say he can't start long term, but it isn't the profile I generally look for. Nice arm and chance for a really nice fastball/curveball combo. Blackburn is a nice arm to have in the system, and he's showing well this year. We'll get a better idea as to his ultimate profile once he tackles full season ball, but you have to be encouraged by his ability to handle a good number of college bats as a 19 year old. Really bright future for the Cubs; great job by their front office and evaluators over the past couple seasons. (Nick Faleris on Draft Signing Day)
2013-06-27 13:15:00 (link to chat)Paul Blackburn has put up good numbers in his first three starts. I realize it's short season A ball but is he a legitimate pitching prospect?
(Nate from Indy)
There are probably big-league pitchers at the back of bullpens and hitters at the back of benches (most of them Marlins) I haven't heard of, so I definitely don't have a dossier on a 19-year-old in the Northwest League who's pitched a total of 35 2/3 innings as a professional. Full disclosure: when I get a question like this, I scan the names on my Gchat contacts list, hoping to see someone on our prospect staff available. Then I paste it to that person and type the word, "Help."

This time, Mark Anderson was the lucky recepient of my IM. Here's what Mark said: "Definitely a legitimate prospect...projectable guy, good body, low-90s FB that can reach 94 and there's more in the tank down the line, CB and CH both project to at least average. possible mid-rotation guy."

So now we know those things about Paul Blackburn. I'm amazed by the knowledge of people who write about prospects, and even more amazed by the knowledge of people who don't write about prospects, but still want to know everything about them. (Ben Lindbergh)


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