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.  He’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.

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

    • 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.

  • 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.

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