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How Did Vic Black Get His Unusual Delivery?

How Did Vic Black Get His Unusual Delivery?

Vic Black

The majority of Pirates fans haven't had many chances to see Vic Black pitch. They've probably seen the numbers, highlighted by a 1.65 ERA and an 85:29 K/BB ratio in 60 innings in Altoona last year. They might have heard of his fastball, which usually sits in the 96-98 MPH range, and has touched triple digits. He's been on top prospect lists, is named as one of the top relief prospects in the system, and was added to the 40-man roster over the off-season. But most hadn't seen him pitch until his outings in Spring Training.

The outing on March 8th was aired on TV in Pittsburgh. Pirates fans got to see Black pitch that night, but the results weren't like above. The right-hander was wild, walking two batters, giving up a home run, and even sailing a pitch into the backstop. Pirates fans may have noticed his unusual delivery, where he takes the ball out of his mitt, pounds the glove, rears back, and throws. It's an unusual approach that Black has taken for the last year. It...

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