One of the most interesting prospects in the lower levels, outside of the consensus top guys, is Victor Black. The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Black with a compensation pick in 2009, getting that compensation for failing to sign Tanner Scheppers the year before. Black was rated the #50 overall prospect in the draft, and was taken with the 49th overall pick. He had the projection of a future late innings reliever in the majors, due to his ability to throw 92-94 MPH, topping out at 96.
Black was seen as a guy who could rise quickly through the minor league system. Instead, he's been held back by injuries. After pitching 31.1 innings in State College in 2009, Black was slated to move up to West Virginia in 2010. He made two starts, pitc...
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