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Cubs Prospect Interview: Todd Blackford

Blackford pleased with offseason progress

Todd Blackford won 10 games last season with Class-A Peoria, but posted a 5.37 ERA in 140-plus innings. The right-hander at times showed flashes of brilliance and is using this offseason to sort through issues regarding his consistency while reflecting on some recent progress he's made.

The Cubs received the 21-year-old Blackford, a 13th-round pick in 2004, toward the end of the 2005 season from Atlanta in the trade that sent OF Todd Hollandsworth to the Braves. He would post the fourth best ERA (3.17) with Class-A Danville of the Appalachian League that year. In 2006, Blackford walked 63 and struck out 70 with the Chiefs. He recently spilled the beans on his first full year in...

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