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Victor Black Dominating With an Upper 90s Fastball and Plus Slider

Victor Black Dominating With an Upper 90s Fastball and Plus Slider

Vic Black has been dominant in his first season at the Douhle-A Level.

When spring training broke camp, the Pirates decided to promote Victor Black aggressively to the Double-A level, despite just 6.2 innings in high-A. Black, Pittsburgh's first round supplemental pick in the 2009 draft, had only compiled 71.2 innings over parts of three seasons since getting drafted. Several injuries, including a shoulder and bicep injury, halted the prospect's development.

"At first I was concerned when he got here at the start of the year because he really hadn’t earned it because of the injuries," Altoona Curve's pitching coach Jeff Johnson said. "But once I saw him pitch and stuff -- he certainly belongs here, if not higher. The stuff is really good."

Black was moved into the bullpen during the 2011 season and quickly learned how to adapt to the role of a reliever. He was eased into working out of the 'pen on three days rest, then two, to get him comfortable to be able to pitch on back-to...

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