Acquired: Drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft (Creighton University).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: 14-7 with a 3.43 ERA in 26 games, including three complete games, at Sacramento (Triple-A), striking out 113 and walking 38 in 162.2 IP, allowing 147 hits.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Sacramento on September 1.
MLB Debut Date: 9/5/2016
|September 5, in a 6-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies. The last of three pitchers on the night, he allowed one hit over three scoreless innings, walking one. Of 40 pitches thrown, 26 were for strikes. Coming in to start the bottom of the sixth with the team already down by what would be the final 6-0 score, he retired the first six batters he faced, including the first batter he faced, Stephen Cardullo, on a groundout. He then put away Cristhian Adames on fly out to right field, Chad Bettis on a groundout to third, Raimel Tapia on a groundout to second, D.J. LeMahieu on a line out to left field and Nolan Arenado on a groundout to second to make short work of his first two innings of work. Carlos Gomez opened the ninth with a double to center field, after which Blach walked David Dahl before Nick Hundley popped out to shortstop, Cardullo popped out to third on the infield fly rule and Adames grounded out to third to end the inning.|
|The night before his debut, the Giants battled the Cubs in a 13-inning marathon in which they used 10 pitchers, but not Blach, so he must have been relieved to finally get his debut under his belt the next night. A workhorse at every level he’s played, that reputation dates back to his college days where he was the ace of the Creighton Bluejays staff, making 21 starts in his draft year to lead all NCAA Division I pitchers. That workload led the Giants to rest him after he signed in June, and he didn’t make his pro debut until 2013, at which point he continued to show durability and dominance. In his first pro season at San Jose (High A) in 2013, he went 12-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 22 games, striking out 117 while walking just 18 in 130.1 IP to earn California League Pitcher of the Year honors. A control artist who mixes up an assortment of solid but not outstanding pitches, notably his changeup, he moved up to Richmond (Double-A) in 2014 and went 8-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 25 starts, pitching 141 innings and walking 39 while striking out 91, before moving to Sacramento in 2015 and going 11-12 with a 4.46 ERA in 27 starts, including two complete games, allowing 189 hits in 165 1/3 innings and striking out 93 while walking 31. He lowered his ERA more than a full run in his return to the River Cats before his promotion.|