Paul Blackburn
Paul Blackburn (baseball).jpg
Blackburn in 2017
Oakland Athletics – No. 58
Born: (1993-12-04) December 4, 1993 (age 28)
Antioch, California
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 1, 2017, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through July 30, 2022)
Win–loss record12–17
Earned run average5.05
Career highlights and awards

Paul Cady Blackburn (born December 4, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2017.


Chicago Cubs

Blackburn was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft out of Heritage High School in Brentwood, California.[1] He made his professional debut that season with the Rookie Arizona League Cubs, going 2-0 with a 3.48 ERA in nine games (six starts). He played in 2013 with the Class A-Short Season Boise Hawks, going 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 13 games (12 starts), and in 2014 with the Class A Kane County Cougars,[2][3][4] pitching to a 9-4 record with a 3.23 ERA in 24 starts. He spent 2015 with the Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans where he compiled a 7-5 record with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 18 starts. Blackburn began 2016 with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies.

Seattle Mariners

On July 20, 2016, the Cubs traded Blackburn and Dan Vogelbach to the Seattle Mariners for Mike Montgomery and Jordan Pries.[5] Seattle assigned him to the Double-A Jackson Generals. In 26 total games (25 starts) between Tennessee and Jackson, he was 9-5 with a 3.27 ERA.[6]

Oakland Athletics

On November 12, 2016, Blackburn was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Danny Valencia.[7] The Athletics added him to their 40-man roster a few days later.[8] He began 2017 with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Through June 26, 2017, Blackburn had a 5–6 record with a 3.05 ERA and 56 strikeouts for the Sounds. He was named to the 2017 Pacific Coast League All-Star Team.[9]

Blackburn was called up to the Oakland Athletics to make his major league debut on July 1, 2017, against the Atlanta Braves.[10] He spent the remainder of the season with Oakland, going 3-1 with a 3.22 ERA in ten starts. On August 22, Blackburn was struck on the hand by a line drive off the bat of Trey Mancini during a start in Baltimore. He exited the game and would not pitch again that season.

In 2018, he began the season on the disabled list. He was activated on June 7 and reported to Oakland, compiling a 7.16 ERA in six starts. On August 28, Blackburn was placed on the disabled list with a forearm injury.[11]

In 2019, Blackburn appeared in 4 games, pitching to a 10.64 ERA with 8 strikeouts in 11.0 innings pitched. Blackburn only made one appearance in 2020, giving up 7 earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched.[12]

On February 23, 2021, Blackburn was designated for assignment after the signing of Mitch Moreland was made official.[13] On February 27, Blackburn was outrighted and invited to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.[14] On August 18, Blackburn was selected from Triple-A Las Vegas.[15]


  1. ^ "Heritage High's Paul Blackburn selected by Chicago Cubs in MLB Draft". 4 June 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Adding 50 pounds beneficial for Cubs prospect". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Boise Hawks' Blackburn continues to dominate batters". Idaho Press-Tribune. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "Cougar Notes: Cougars pitcher Blackburn: Playoffs will cure fatigue of long season". Aurora Beacon-News. August 21, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "MLBRosterMoves on Twitter". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Paul Blackburn Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Johns, Greg (November 12, 2016). "Mariners acquire Valencia from A's". Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "A's promote five minor leagues to Oakland's 40-man roster". 18 November 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Renato Nuñez, Paul Blackburn, and Chris Smith Named Pacific Coast League All-Stars". June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Espinoza, Alex (July 1, 2017). "Prospect Blackburn gets callup for spot start". Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "Oakland Athletics lose second pitcher in three days to injury as Brett Anderson goes on DL". 28 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Paul Blackburn Stats, Fantasy & News | Oakland Athletics".
  13. ^ "Athletics Designate Paul Blackburn for Assignment".
  14. ^ "Minor MLB Transactions: 2/27/21".
  15. ^ Anthony Franco (August 18, 2021). "Athletics Select Paul Blackburn". Retrieved August 18, 2021.