Victor Black Headed to the Arizona Fall League

According to the Dallas Baptist University Twitter account, right-handed pitcher Victor Black will be heading to the Arizona Fall League to join the Scottsdale Scorpions. Black had a big year this year, posting a 1.65 ERA in 60 innings in relief, with a 12.8 K/9 and a 4.4 BB/9 ratio. ┬áHe’s dealt with injuries the previous two seasons, but was completely healthy this year, flashing upper 90s velocity with his fastball. He carried that over to the Fall Instructional League today, hitting 99 MPH to close out the game for the Pirates against the Toronto minor leaguers.

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, 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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  • buccotime57

    I hope they call him up next year, if he is producing…

  • gonfalon

    The AFL is great and all, but why not see what that 99mph fastball can do for the Pirates? The Pirates should have DFA’d No Relation, added Black to the 40-man roster, and called him up.

    • Tim Williams

      Probably because he’s in Double-A, has control issues, and hasn’t pitched in Triple-A yet. Plus they have like 13-14 relievers.

  • eeee12

    How worried are you about this extra workload when considering his injury history?

    • Tim Williams

      It’s not really extra work. Players always pitch in the off-season. He would be pitching during instructs if he wasn’t in the AFL. The difference is that these games are a little more structured than instructs games.
      The most attention gets paid to the regular season workload. But that workload only plays one part of the total workload. That total workload includes Spring Training innings, and innings after the season.