Mechanics: High 3/4 arm slot; clean arm action; average arm speed; hips/upper half stay in unison; minimal effort; slightly inverted landing; delivery times ~1.31
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A, Cubs)
40; Middle Relief
T92 once; mild downhill plane; mild arm-side run; pounds all four quadrants; command is inconsistent to gloveside; velocity dipped to 87-89 in latter innings.
Replicates arm speed; 12-6 offering; moderate depth; release points are inconsistent; works as a get-me-over and as a strike-to-ball offering; hittable when he casts; refinements in release point will improve pitch a grade.
Replicates arm speed; moderate fade; consistent velocity separation; sequences well with FB and will double up on offering; slight refinements in release point will improve offering a tick.
Blackburn has average stuff across the board, but displays pitchability. He sequenced the entire outing, keeping Frederick off-balance and incapable of piecing together efficient swings. The ceiling is not high without a pitch better than average, limiting his ceiling to a back-end starter. There is moderate risk because he has yet to reach Double-A.
Round Drafted: first round (56th), 2012 (signed for $911,700)
Why: Pitchability with the chance for three average or better pitches.