Cubs RHP Blackburn named NWL Pitcher of the Week

Boise Hawks right-hander and Cubs top prospect Paul Blackburn was named Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for games spanning June 14-23, according to MiLB.com.

Though Blackburn did not record a decision in his first two starts of the season, the 19-year-old posted a 0.00 ERA in 10 innings of work. In his Hawks debut on June 15 at Eugene, he tossed five innings of one-hit ball, striking out eight. He followed that up with a five-inning gem in Spokane on Friday, allowing an unearned run on four hits, walking one and striking out four. He currently leads the NWL in ERA and ranks second in strikeouts.

Blackburn was a supplemental first-round pick (56th overall) in the 2012 draft and is rated the No. 16 prospect in the Cubs organization by MLB.com.

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