Travis Blackley

Travis Blackley

Blackley with the Houston Astros
Pericos de Puebla – No. 54
Born: (1982-11-04) 4 November 1982
Melbourne, Australia
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
1 July, 2004, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 9–9
Earned run average 5.23
Strikeouts 132

Travis Jarrod Blackley (born 4 November 1982) is an Australian professional baseball pitcher for the Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican Baseball League. Previously, he has pitched for the Kia Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization and for several Major League Baseball (MLB) teams.

Professional career

Seattle Mariners

Blackley was signed by the Seattle Mariners as an undrafted free agent on 29 October 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 78⅔ innings and held opponents to a .211 batting average.

He pitched for the Single-A San Bernardino Stampede in 2002, going 5–9 and 3.49 in 21 games, starting all but one. He had 152 strikeouts in 121.1 innings, second among all Mariner minor leaguers.

He was promoted to the Double-A San Antonio Missions in 2003, the 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 pitched 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 15 July. The Mariners also named him their minor league pitcher of the year.

In 2004, Baseball America designated him as #63 out of the top 100 minor league prospects, the third best prospect in the Mariners' system behind pitchers Félix Hernández and Clint Nageotte and their top left-handed prospect. He began the season with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. The Mariners, after trading Freddy García to the Chicago White Sox, needed another starter and purchased Blackley's contract on 1 July 2004. He made his major league debut on that same day against the Texas Rangers and beat them, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in 5⅔ innings. He became just the sixth Mariner pitcher in the team's history to start and win his major league debut.

After spending a month with the major league club going only 1–3 with a 10.04 ERA in 6 starts, Blackley was optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma on 1 August 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 left shoulder tendinitis. He missed the entire 2005 season recovering from left shoulder surgery.

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

He spent most of 2006 with Double-A San Antonio. After going 8–11 and 4.06 in 25 starts in Double-A, he was promoted back to Triple-A Tacoma at the end of August where he made 2 starts going 1–1 and 4.09.

San Francisco Giants (first stint)

On 1 April 2007, after spring training, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Jason Ellison and was immediately optioned to Triple-A Fresno, pitching the entire season in the minor leagues with the Grizzlies. He went 10–8 with a 4.66 ERA in 28 starts. He was recalled on 21 September, and on 23 September made his first major league start since 31 July 2004 against the Cincinnati Reds. He won his Giant debut, giving up two runs in the first inning and three hits in five innings, walking four and striking out five.

Philadelphia Phillies

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

Philadelphia put him on waivers towards the end of 2008 spring training. The Giants did not reclaim him, and the Phillies outrighted him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Blackley with the Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliates of the Arizona Diamondbacks, throwing to first base to try to pick off runner in 2009.

On 19 December 2008, he signed a major league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[1] On 1 April 2009, the D'backs outrighted him to Triple-A Reno.[2]

New York Mets

Blackley began the 2010 season with the New York Mets' AAA affiliate Buffalo Bisons, but the Mets released him on 2 May.

Oakland A's

On 13 May 2010, he signed with the Oakland Athletics who assigned him to their Triple-A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats.

Melbourne Aces

Travis then made the 35-man roster of the Melbourne Aces for the inaugural Australian Baseball League season. On 2 December 2010, he was activated onto the 22-man roster and made his debut for the Aces on 5 December starting against the Sydney Blue Sox and pitching a rain-shortened one-hit shutout. He had previously played for the Victoria Aces in the Australian semiprofessional Claxton Shield.

KIA Tigers

He ended up with the KIA Tigers in the Korea Baseball Organization in 2011. In 25 appearances, he had a record of 7 wins and 5 losses with an ERA of 3.48.

San Francisco Giants (second stint)

On 16 February 2012, he signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants with an invitation to spring training.[3] On 1 May, the Giants purchased his contract and called him up from Triple-A Fresno. He pitched 4 games in relief for the Giants before being designated for assignment on 13 May.

Oakland A's (second stint)

Two days later, on 15 May 2012, the Oakland Athletics claimed him off waivers and signed him. He made his first appearance for the A's on 18 May in relief against the Giants. On 28 May, he started his first game for the team, against the Twins, and was added to the starting rotation. He finished with a 6-4 record and a 3.86 ERA for the season with the A's.

Houston Astros

On 4 April 2013, the Oakland Athletics traded Blackley to the Houston Astros for outfielder Jake Goebbert. He was designated for assignment on 9 August 2013.

Texas Rangers

On 14 August 2013, the Houston Astros traded Blackley to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later. Ironically, Blackley's first appearance with the Rangers was against the Astros on 20 August 2013. Blackley started and pitched 4 innings, allowing 2 runs, as the Rangers won 4-2.

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

Blackley signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in December 2013.[4]

San Francisco Giants (third stint)

On January 12, 2015, Blackley signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Miami Marlins

On April 25, 2015, Blackley announced that he had signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins.[5]

Brisbane Bandits

Blackley signed with the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League for the 2015 season.

Pericos de Puebla

On April 19, 2016, Blackley signed with the Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican Baseball League.

International career

Blackley was first selected for Australia in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, but did not play due to an ongoing shoulder injury (as cited above). He debuted for Australia in the 2007 Baseball World Cup and went 0–1 and 1.64 ERA for the tournament, his only loss coming against the Japan national baseball team when Tadashi Settsu threw a shutout against Australia in the quarter-final, with Australia finishing 5th. He again pitched for Australia in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, earning a no-decision against Cuba and a 1.59 ERA for the tournament. He played for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo of the Mexican Pacific League in 2009 to 2011

Personal life

Blackley is divorced from Erin Tiller of Wichita, Kansas. They have a son, Tristan (born 6 January 2005).

Blackley married American model and international pageant winner, Jenna Michele Cecil of Brentwood, Ca on November 14, 2015 in Ka'annapali, Hi.

His younger brother, Adam Blackley, formerly played in the Boston Red Sox farm system[6] and currently plays for the Aces in the ABL and the L&D Amsterdam in the Dutch league Honkbal Hoofdklasse.


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