Aug 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Vic Black (68) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The St. Louis Cardinals won 13-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Vic Black to Mets is Official

It was reported yesterday that reliever Vic Black was who the Mets would be receiving as the PTBNL in their trade with the Pirates.  Today, the acquisition became official.  Tweeted Adam Rubin:


Black had been placed on waivers by the Pirates yesterday.  Any team who had claimed Black would’ve been doing it with the sole purpose of blocking the Mets while simply delaying the trade from being completed until after the season.  As expected, Black got through waivers without being claimed.

As is noted by Rubin, the Mets will bring Black directly to the big league club once rosters expand on September 1st.

Black, a 25 year old reliever with an electric fastball and power slider, is viewed as someone who can fit in at the back end of the Mets’ pen.

Here’s what minor league guru John Sickels had to say about Black back on August 19th:

Unlike many minor league closers, Black does not want for stuff: he has one of the best fastballs in the system, clocked as high as 101 MPH in the minors; he hit 98 during his major league trial and averaged 95. A supplemental first round pick in 2009 out of Dallas Baptist, he struggled with control problems, a substandard change-up, and persistent arm trouble early in his career and at one point looked like a bust.

He revived his career by converting to relief, posting an excellent 1.65 ERA with an 85/29 K/BB in 60 innings with 13 saves last year in Double-A, followed by consistent success this year. He’s had fewer problems throwing strikes and staying healthy with relief use, doesn’t have to worry about the change-up, and can just come in and blow people away for an inning or two with his fastball and a slider that can touch 90.

Black clearly has closer possibilities down the road if his command holds up.

Here’s a video of Black pitching:

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