Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn, MLB Liason
Paul was a first round selection by the Chicago Cubs in 2012 out of Heritage HS in Brentwood, California. After steadily working his way through their system, Blackburn was dealt just prior to the trade deadline in a deal that involved Mike Montgomery. Blackburn claimed a AA championship with the Jackson Generals. That offseason he was dealt to his hometown Oakland Athletics in exchange for Danny Valencia.

Blackburn was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star with the Nashville Sounds in 2017. On July 1, Blackburn made his major league debut against the Atlanta Braves. Prior to a season ending hand injury, he finished his inaugural campaign at 3-1 with a 3.22 era and stellar 1.5 WAR in under three months.