2004 - 2004 MLB Draft Selection (6th round/Royals) ... Earned All-America honors from ABCA, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA ... Also a first-team All-SEC selection ... Nation's leader in saves with 20, just one short of single-season record at South Carolina ... Compiled a 4-3 record with a 2.57 ERA in 37 appearances ... Struck out 80 batters with only 14 walks in 63.0 innings pitched.
COLLEGE - Played two seasons at Pensacola Community College under Coach Bill Hamilton ... Record was 9-3 with 16 saves, 1.98 ERA, 111 strikeouts in 103 innings ... Enrolled at Carolina in fall of 2003 and won Rookie Pitcher of the Fall Award ...Strong candidate for the closer role .. Played last summer with Winchester Royals under Coach Jason Johnson in the Shenandoah Valley League with a 3-1 record, two saves, 27 strikeouts, four walks in 14 2/3 innings.
HIGH SCHOOL - Played 1998-2001 at Clewiston High School under Coach Manny Gomez with 12-3 record, nine saves, 2.21 ERA.
PERSONAL - Born Chad Arthur Blackwell 1/7/83 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla ... Parents are Art Blackwell and Alice Whitt ... Has an older brother, Phil ... Chose Carolina because of "very good baseball program and good program for my major" ...Hobbies are hunting and going to the beach ...Favorite food is steak ... Favorite actress is Jaime Pressley ... Favorite actor is Jack Black.