New York Mets prospects

Vic Black has taken over the closer role for Triple-A Las Vegas

By Danny Abriano

Vic Black, who was ticketed for the Opening Day bullpen before control issues relegated him to the minors, has taken over the closer role for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Sep 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Vic Black (38) throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit- Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Black continued to struggle with his control early on for Las Vegas (while not allowing many runs), but has turned it around as of late.

Over his last three appearances, Black has not walked a batter.

Overall for Las Vegas, Black has a 0.73 ERA. He’s allowed nine hits, walked 10, and struck out 12 in 12.1 innings of work.


It’s likely that Black will always be a bit wild, but he’s showed encouraging signs lately for Las Vegas.

After a string of excellence, the Mets bullpen is again struggling, having cost the team multiple games in the last week.

In addition, there are three relievers currently dealing with minor ailments. Daisuke Matsuzaka (calf), Carlos Torres (lat), and Scott Rice (back), have all been held out of action recently due to injury.

Reinforcements are needed, and may come in the form of minor league starters Jacob deGrom and/or Rafael Montero in the coming weeks.

However, Black should not be overlooked.

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