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Heritage’s Paul Blackburn selected No. 56 by Cubs

Heritage High’s Paul Blackburn was selected No. 56 overall by the Chicago Cubs in Monday’s Major League Baseball draft. The selection was in the compensatory round, a pick awarded to Chicago for the free-agent departure of Carlos Pena.
Blackburn was at his home in Oakley watching the draft with his family, some friends and neighbors and was surprised to hear his name called.
“I wasn’t really expecting it,” Blackburn said. “I knew the Cubs were in the mix, but I didn’t think it’d be until later in the second round.”
Blackburn was 10-3 with a 0.93 ERA for the Patriots this season and is signed with Arizona State. He said it’s too early to estimate the possibility of signing vs. attending college, but is excited about a future in the big league.
“All my hard work has paid off now,” Blackburn said. “I hope to fulfill my dream. I hope to make it through and make it to the big leagues.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander would like to help bring some success to the Cubs organization.
“I know the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in a long time,” Blackburn said. “Hopefully I can bring that to Chicago.”

Jimmy Durkin

I cover mostly San Jose State football for the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group, but also fill in from time to time with the 49ers, Warriors, A's and Giants.

  • Prep Fan

    Congratulations to Mr. Blackburn, and good luck, whether you go to ASU or sign with the Cubs. Either one is a fantastic opportunity.

    Congrats also to Mark Appel of Stanford out of Monte Vista who went 8th overall to the Pirates, and Stephen Piscotty of Stanford out of Amador Valley who went 36th overall to the Cardinals. That is 3 of the top 56 picks from the East Bay.

  • East Bay Pride

    Congrats to all the local kids who were drafted over the last few days. Looks like the top East Bay HS talent will be playing collegiate baseball. Great opportunities for these young men.

  • Prep Fan

    I saw where Blackburn signed with the Cubs recently for more than $900k. I hope he invests that money wisely. Congrats and good luck in the minors.