Victor Black Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted relief pitcher Victor Black to high-A Bradenton.  Black was selected in the compensation portion of the first round in the 2009 draft.  He’s dealt with injuries over the last two years, pitching just 4.2 innings in 2010.  In West Virginia this year he put up a 5.28 ERA in 29 innings.

The Pirates have been working with Black lately to build up his stamina, getting him to pitch multi-inning outings, and getting his outings closer together.  He’s responded well in some outings to the increased workload, but has struggled in other outings.  Considering that he missed over a year with shoulder issues, this year can pretty much be chalked up to a rehab year.  However, it only further puts Black behind schedule.  Under a healthy timeline, he should have already been in Bradenton, and ideally, in Altoona by this point.  I wouldn’t say the injuries have totally derailed his career, but they’ve been a serious set back to this point.  Getting him up to high-A is a step in the right direction.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Anonymous

    Tim, how’s Black’s velocity been this year? I know he has touched 96mph in the past but I was wondering if all the injuries have affected his velocity….