APPEARED IN GAMES FOR METS, PIRATES
Augusta, NJ | April 14, 2017 — The Sussex County Miners bolstered their pitching staff by signing former New York Mets right-handed pitcher Vic Black to a contract, Miners Manager and Director of Baseball Operations Bobby Jones announced late Thursday at Skylands Stadium.
Black was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates 49th overall in the 2009 MLB Draft out of Dallas Baptist University. The Amarillo, TX native quickly worked his way up the Pirates organizations ranks in the span of 5 seasons before getting the call to the parent club or his MLB debut on July 25, 2013. On August 29th of that year, Vic was traded along with Dilson Herrera to the Mets for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. Black would pitch for the Mets for the remainder of the 2013 season, and would then make 41 appearances for New York in the 2014 season, posting a 2-3 record, with an ERA of 2.60 in 34 2/3 innings. Injuries, however, would hamper Black at the end of the 2014 season and for most of the 2015 campaign.
Vic has worked primarily out of the bullpen throughout his professional career, working in the closer’s role for the Pirates affiliates in Altoona (AA) and Indianapolis (AAA), as well as the Mets affiliate in Las Vegas (AAA). Black has a couple of different fastballs, and his velocity has measured in the mid 90s range during his time in MLB.
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Article by Bret Leuthner. Photo Credit to David Kohl/USA Today.