Charles Cobb Blackmon lives in Atlanta … signed by Rockies scout Alan Matthews … also drafted by the Florida Marlins as a pitcher in the 28th round in 2004 and the next year by Boston in the 20th round … born in Dallas, but was raised in Suwanee, Ga. … multi-sport athlete at North Gwinnett High School, playing baseball, basketball and football …three-time Academic Player of the Year … later was a Dean's List student at Young Harris College, where he pitched and helped lead the Mountain Lions to back-to-back GJCAA titles … transferred to Georgia Tech where he made the full-time transition from pitcher to outfielder … redshirted in 2007 and played every game in 2008 … named an All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team … was on the ACC Honor Roll … returned to Atlanta after beginning his pro baseball career and earned his B.S. degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Georgia Tech in the fall of 2011 … grew a mustache to raise money as part of "Movember" in November of 2012; began growing his beard in 2013 … he and his father participated in the 2016 Rockies Fantasy Camp at Salt River Fields … Twitter/Instagram handle is @chuck_nazty.
Set career highs in runs (111), hits (187), doubles (35), home runs (29), RBI (82), batting average (.324), on-base percentage (.381) and slugging percentage (.552) … won Silver Slugger for the first time...Finished fourth in the National League in batting average, third in runs, fourth in hits, fifth in slugging percentage and fifth in total bases (319)...Led NL outfielders in batting average, slugging, hits and runs … his 29 home runs were tied for fifth...His 29 home runs as a leadoff hitter were the most in Major League Baseball and the most in the National League since Alfonso Soriano and Hanley Ramirez hit 29 and 32 home runs, respectively, in 2008 … the 29 home runs are tied for the seventh-most by a leadoff hitter in NL history...His 82 RBI from the leadoff spot were tied for the fourth-most in National League history, the most since Jimmy Rollins recorded 82 RBI in 2006...Led MLB with 10 leadoff home runs … became the fifth player in Major League history to record double-digit leadoff home runs in a season, the third in National League history (Alfonso Soriano, 12, 2007; Bobby Bonds, 11, 1973)...Batted .335 (93-for-278) with 12 home runs at home, .313 (94-for-300) with 17 home runs on the road … batting average on the road was the 10th-highest in the NL and the seventh-highest for a single season in franchise history, the highest since Todd Helton batted .326 (88-for-270) on the road in 2004...Missed much of April, playing in 10 games … on 15-day disabled list due to left foot injury (turf toe) from April 14-29 … played two games for High-A Modesto on a rehabilitation assignment...Hit .331 (58-for-175) vs. left-handed pitchers, the sixth-highest average vs. lefties in the National League and the best among left-handed batters...Had five hitting streaks of 10 or more games, tied for the most such streaks in Rockies history (Larry Walker, 2002; Eric Young, 1996) … the five streaks of at least 10 games were the second-most in baseball behind Dustin Pedroia's six streaks...Had five multi-home run games, including a three-homer game Aug. 12 at Philadelphia … became the 11th Rockies player to hit three home runs in a game (15th time)...Five home runs in the three-game series at Philadelphia Aug. 12-14, the most in a three-game series in franchise history and tied for the most in any series in franchise history (Todd Helton, 1999 vs. Montreal, five games)...Hit .360 (40-for-111) in August with a NL-leading 11 home runs and 30 runs scored...Named the NL Player of the Week twice, June 20-26 and Aug. 8-14...Career-long 14-game hitting streak from July 5-22, batting .317 (19-for-60) … career-long 32-game on-base streak May 3-June 6 … batted .331 (43-for-130) with a .390 on-base percentage over that span...Recorded his 101st career stolen base on Sept. 23, tying him with Willy Taveras for fifth on the Rockies' alltime stolen base list.
His 43 steals were third in the Majors behind Miami's Dee Gordon (58) and Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton (57). Overall, set career highs in games (157), runs (93), hits (176), doubles (31), triples (nine), walks (46), stolen bases, extra-base hits (57) and on-base percentage (.347). His 43 stolen bases ranked third in the NL, fifth-most in a single season in club history … fourth player in Rockies history to steal 40 or more bases in a season (sixth time overall) … first Rockie to steal 40 or more bases since Willy Taveras stole 68 in 2008. Tied for the team lead in games (157), while leading the Rockies in triples (nine) and on-base percentage. Finished seventh in the NL with 175 hits … second in league with nine triples … tied for sixth in NL with 13 hit by pitch. Hit six leadoff home runs, four in the top of the frst inning, two in the bottom of the frst … 12 career leadoff home runs is a club record, as is six homers to lead off a game. Career-high 48 multi-hit games led team, tied for ninth in the NL … 15 three-hit games tied for eighth in the league. Eight assists in center feld tied for most among NL center felders. Career-high tying 12-game hitting streak (.354; 17-for-48) from Aug. 14-Aug. 26. Hit .307 in June (35-for-114), hitting safely in 25 of 29 games … an 11-game hit streak ended June 28 (.364; 16-for-44) … batted .337 (32-for-95) in July with 11 multi-hit games. Season-high four RBI June 21 vs. Milwaukee … second multi-home run game of his career May 3 at San Diego. Best month was July, hitting .337 (32-for-95) with 10 RBI … stole 11 bases and had 15 RBI in June, hitting .307 (35-for-114) with 20 runs scored … hit five home runs in May
Had career-year in 2014, earning his first selection to the NL All-Star team...was voted to the team via the player vote...went 0-for-2 in the game and played center field as a reserve...Was a member of the Rockies Opening Day roster for the first time in his career and started in center field on Opening Day...played a team-high 154 games...Set career-highs in virtually every category in '14, including: games, at-bats (593), runs (82), hits (171), doubles (27), triples (3), home runs (19), RBI (72), walks (31) and stolen bases (28)...Finished among the top-20 in the NL in hits (11th), runs (17th), average (.288, 15th), total bases (261) and stolen bases (T-8th)...led the Rockies in hits, runs and steals and finished third in RBI and home runs...Played the majority of the season as the Rockies leadoff hitter...led all NL players from the leadoff spot in RBI (69) and was second in home runs (19)...his five leadoff home runs established a new Rockies franchise record...Had one of the single greatest games in Rockies history during the Rockies Home Opener on April 4 vs. Arizona...went 6-for-6 with three doubles, one home run, five RBI and four runs...six hits tied a Rockies record originally set by Andres Galarraga (6-for-6, July 3, 1995 vs. Houston)... Blackmon became the 10th player since 1920, when RBI became an official statistic, to go 6-for-6 or better with that many RBI and runs scored in a game...Had three games in 2014 of 5-for-5 or better...went 5-for-5 July 12 vs. Minnesota and 5-for-5 Sept. 17 vs. Los Angeles-NL...Elias: is the fifth player since 1900 to record at least three games of 5-for-5 or better, joining Hall-of-Famers Ty Cobb (1922), Tris Speaker (1923), Stan Musial (1948) and Tony Gwynn (1993), plus Ichiro Suzuki in 2004...Had his first career multi-home run game on April 21 vs. San Francisco, first going deep off Ryan Vogelsong and later off Juan Gutierrez...was one of six multi-HR games for a Rockie in 2014...Was one of the Rockies most clutch hitters in '14 and batted .320 (41-for-128) with 53 RBI with runners in scoring position...also fared well against the division, batting .305 (83-for-272) with 13 doubles, 11 home runs and 36 RBI vs. NL West.
Split the season almost evenly between Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he began the campaign, and in the Majors with the Rockies... Blackmon played in a career-high 82 games in the Majors and set career-highs in nearly every offensive category, including: at bats (246), runs (35), hits (76), doubles (17), home runs (6), RBI (22), OBP (.336), SLG (.467) and OPS (.803)... Was first recalled from Triple-A on 5/12 and spent 17 days on the active roster before being optioned back to Triple-A on 5/29...was recalled for the remainder of the season on 7/8...hit .288 (74-for-257) with 15 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 40 RBI, 56 runs in 68 games at Triple-A... Played 52 of his 82 total games in August and Spetember and combined to hit .332 (61-for-184) with 14 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 18 RBI over the season's final two months... Blackmon's 9 doubles in September were tied for the 5th-most in the NL with teammate Todd Helton (Matt Carpenter led with 12 2B in September)... Split his time between the three outfield spots, playing 17 games in left, 25 games in center and 34 in right... The left-hander hit .296 (21-for-71) vs. LHP in 2013 and is now a .325 (37-for-114) career hitter vs. LHP in the Majors... Was productive with men on base, as he batted .304 (24-for-79) with 6 doubles, 1 home run and 17 RBI with runners on base and .304 (14-for-46) with 5 doubles, 1 home run and 15 RBI with runners in scoring position.
Began the 2012 season on the 15-day disabled list with turf toe in his left big toe, then spent the first four and a half
months in the Minors prior to his recall from Triple-A on 8/18. 2012 marked his second-straight year seeing time in the Majors with the Rockies...hit .146 (6-for-41) in his first 13
games, all in August...then hit .361 (26-for-72) over his final 29 games...had 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBI from
9/1 through the end of the season. Batted .289 (83-for-287) with 23 doubles, 4 triples, 6 home runs and 37 RBI in 76 Minor League games between Short
Season-A Tri-City and Triple-A Colorado Springs. Tied his career-high with 4 hits twice in 2012, and now has three four-hit games in his MLB career...had 4 hits, including a double, on 9/6 at ATL...then had 4 hits again on 10/1 at ARI...had 8 multi-hit games in 2013. Saw time at all three outfield positions, though split his time nearly evenly between left field (114.2 innings) and right
field (107.1 innings).
After spending the first two months of the 2011 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, was recalled on 6/7 and spent the
next month, until 7/7, on the active roster...finished the season on the 60-day disabled list with a right foot fracture suffered 7/7 at ATL while rounding second base...Hit .255 (25-for-98) with 1 double, 1 home run, 8 RBI, 9 runs and 5 steals in his 27 games with the Rockies...played
mostly left field, though he also saw action in center field as well...Collected his first Major League hit in his second game, 6/8 at SD off Dustin Moseley, with a single going 1-for-4 in the
game....first MLB multi-hit game, RBI and outfield assist all came 6/11 vs. LAD...Had a career-high four hits 6/17 vs. DET...also drove in two runs, setting his career-high for RBI in a game as well...Slugged his first career home run on 7/1 vs. KC off Soria...was a pinch-hit home run and also came on his 25th birthday...in his 15 games at Coors Field, Blackmon hit .382 (21-for-55) with a home run and 7 RBI...Had 5-straight games with a stolen base from 6/11-15...since 1946 (when game-by-game data began), he was the first
player to steal a bag in 5-straight games within his first nine career games (Stats LLC.)...Hit .337 (82-for-243) with 10 home runs, 19 doubles, 4 triples and 49 RBI while stealing 12 bases in 58 games for the
Sky Sox...he led all Sky Sox in doubles, homers, stolen bases, RBI and batting average prior to his recall...collected
five multi-hit games and hit .370 (13-for-42) in his final 10 games with the Sky Sox.
Spent the entire season at Double-A Tulsa as the club's regular center fielder...hit .297 (100-for-337) with
22 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 55 RBI in 86 games for the Drillers...his .484 slugging percentage
was a career high, and his .834 OPS was a personal best for a full season club...The left-handed batter was equally as effective against left-handed pitchers (.303 average) as he was
vs. right-handers (.293)...Blackmon had 13 extra-base hits in 122 at-bats against lefties in 2010...Finished his season strong by batting .348 (40-for-115) with 10 doubles, 3 triples and 3 home runs in 28
games during the month of August...his .565 slugging percentage and .961 OPS were by far his best of
any of the three full months he played in 2010...Missed nearly all of the first two months of the season due to injury, and did not make his 2010 debut
until 5/31 at Frisco...Regularly batted either first or second in the Drillers lineup in 2010, though he was still able to average
one RBI every 6.1 at-bats...in fact, he finished 2nd on the club with his 55 RBI despite missing two
months, and playing the majority of his games as the first or second hitter in the lineup...Was at his best with men on base, as he hit .309 with runners on, compared to .286 with none on...his
batting average splits with runners on base for 2010 were: scoring position-.313, runners on with 2 outs-
.328, runners in scoring position with 2 outs-.315 and bases loaded-.417...Played in the Arizona Fall League as a regular outfielder for Scottsdale...hit .264 (19-for-72) with 2 doubles,
3 home runs and 11 RBI...had 13 walks compared to just 6 strikeouts during the AFL...Named the Rockies 11th-best prospect by Baseball America following the season.
Played his entire second professional season with High-A Modesto in the California League...led
the Nuts in hitting (.307, 169-for-550), RBI (69), stolen bases (30) and runs scored (30)...led the club in RBI
despite being the primary lead-off hitter...his 34 doubles were the second-most on the club...hit .305 (65-for-
213) vs. left-handers and .309 (104-for-337) vs. right-handers...was the club's primary center fielder, and committed
just 3 errors on the season...batted .316 (89-for-282) after the All-Star break, compared to .299 (80-for-
268) prior to the break...hit .357 (46-for-129) with runners in scoring position...named the club's 13th-best
prospect by Baseball America following the season.
In his first professional season led Tri-City with a .338 (98-for-290) average while playing most of
the season as the club's regular center fielder...named the Rockies Organizational Co-Player of the Month
for the month of July along with Wilin Rosario...hit .344 (42-for-122) with 11 extra-base hits and 14 RBI during
the month, his first full month in professional baseball...was named to the Northwest League
Postseason All-Star team...was named the Northwest League Player-of-the-week for the week of 7/13
when he hit .565 (13-for-23) with 4 doubles, 5 RBI and 6 runs scored...named the 10th-best prospect in the
Northwest League after the season by Baseball America...also tabbed by the same publication as the
Rockies 10th-best prospect.