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Travis Blackley

Blackley with the Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliates of the Arizona Diamondbacks, throwing to first base to try to pick off runner on April 12, 2009.
Free Agent — No. --
Starting pitcher
Born: November 4, 1982 (1982-11-04) (age 27)
Melbourne, Australia
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
July 1, 2004 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Win-Loss     1-3
Earned run average     9.35
Strikeouts     21

Travis Jarrod Blackley (born November 4, 1982, in Melbourne, Australia) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who is currently a free agent.


Professional career


Seattle Mariners

Blackley was signed by the Seattle Mariners as an undrafted free agent on October 29, 2000. He began his professional career with the Single-A Everett AquaSox in 2001. He had a 6-1 record with a 3.32 ERA in 14 starts. He also had 90 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .211 batting average.

Blackley played for the Single-A San Bernardino Stampede in 2002. He had a 5-9 record with a 3.49 ERA in 21 games, 20 of which were starts. He had 152 strikeouts in 121.1 innings, his strikeouts were second among all Mariners minor leaguers.

Blackley played for the Double-A San Antonio Missions in 2003. His 2003 season was his most impressive of his minor league career. He led the Texas League with 17 wins; was second in ERA (2.61), fourth in strikeouts (144) and fourth in innings pitched (162.1). His 17 wins were the most by a Texas League pitcher since Jeff Reardon of the Jackson Mets in 1978.

He participated in the Texas League Postseason All-Star game and was named to the World squad in the 2003 All-Star Futures Game at U.S. Cellular Field on July 15. Blackley was also named the Mariners minor league pitcher of the year by the organization.

In 2004, Blackley was named by Baseball America as the #63 prospect out of 100 prospects. He was named the third best prospect in the Mariners system, behind pitchers Félix Hernández and Clint Nageotte, and was their top left-handed prospect. Blackley began the season in Triple-A with the Tacoma Rainiers. The Mariners, after trading Freddy Garcia to the Chicago White Sox, needed another starter and Blackley's contract was purchased on July 1, 2004. He made his major league debut on that same day against the Texas Rangers and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 5 2/3 innings and got the win. He became just the sixth pitcher in Mariners history to start and win on their major league debut.

After spending a month with the major league club in which he went 1-3 with a 10.04 ERA in 6 starts, Blackley was optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma on August 1, 2004. He had an 8-6 record with a 3.83 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) with Tacoma in 2004 before ending the season on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis in his left arm.

Blackley missed the whole 2005 season while recovering from left shoulder surgery.

In March of 2006, Blackley was slated to play in the World Baseball Classic with team Australia but was held back to continue rehabbing his shoulder.

Blackley spent the majority of the 2006 season with Double-A San Antonio. After going 8-11 with a 4.06 ERA in 25 starts in Double-A, Blackley was promoted to Triple A Tacoma at the end of August. He made 2 starts in Tacoma and had a 1-1 record with a 4.09 ERA.

San Francisco Giants

On April 1, 2007, following the end of Spring Training, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Jason Ellison. Blackley was immediately optioned to Triple-A Fresno. Blackley played the whole minor league season with the Grizzlies. He went 10-8 with a 4.66 ERA in 28 starts. He was recalled on September 21, and on September 23 made his first major league start since July 31, 2004 against the Cincinnati Reds. Blackley won his debut, giving up two runs in the first inning and three hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out five.

Philadelphia Phillies

After being outrighted off the San Francisco roster, on December 6, 2007, Blackley was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft.

Towards the end of the 2008 spring training, Blackley was placed on waivers. The Giants did not reclaim him and the Phillies outrighted him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He became a free agent after the season ended.

Arizona Diamondbacks

On December 19, 2008, Blackley signed a major league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[1] On April 1, 2009, Blackley was sent outright to Reno.[2]

Personal life

Blackley is married to model Arynne Tiller of Wichita, Kansas and they have a son, Tristan (born January 6, 2005). They reside in Phoenix, Arizona.

Blackley's younger brother, Adam, formerly played in the Boston Red Sox farm system[3] and currently plays for the L&D Amsterdam of the Dutch league Honkbal Hoofdklasse.


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