Mark Blackmar was the Orioles’ 16th round selection in the 2011 MLB Draft. He is the son of PGA golfer Phil Blackmar.
Blackmar in 2011 made his pro debut with the GCL Orioles. He registered 17.2 successful innings in which he struck out 15 and didn’t allow a single run.
Blackmar has an athletic, muscular build and still has room to add 10-15 lbs. He played in the outfield at times in college, and is still learning the craft of pitching.
Although Blackmar’s fastball sits in the 87-90 mph range, it’s an extremely effective offering due to his ability to command the pitch and work it in with his changeup. His changeup and fastball work well together; he commands both very well and each has tremendous movement, which allows him to pitch to contact and induce ground balls.
With time and growth, Blackmar should have a fastball which sits in the low 90s.
Delmarva is going to be a test for the 20-year-old Blackmar, but it’s one he is certainly capable of handling. The Orioles are sill monitoring his innings closely, so it’s unclear if he’ll begin 2013 in the rotation or in the bullpen.
Blackmar’s fastball/changeup combo and ground ball abilities could make him a back-end starter.