The Mets announced Saturday that Vic Black, who has thus far spent the 2014 season with Triple-A Las Vegas, will join the Mets on Sunday as the 26th man during their doubleheader against Arizona.
Sep 24, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Vic Black throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Mets won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Black was considered a lock for the opening day bullpen during spring training, but his erratic control led to him instead opening the year with Las Vegas.
Black struggled mightily with his control early on in Vegas, but has improved lately.
He hasn’t walked a batter in five of his last nine appearances, and has walked one or zero in seven of those nine appearances.
In 18.2 innings pitched spanning 17 appearances for Las Vegas, Black has posted a 1.45 ERA, allowed 12 hits, struck out 18 and walked 17.
It’s not yet known whether Black will remain with the Mets after Sunday, or if he’ll be sent back to Las Vegas.
Black definitely still needs to improve his control, but his upside – he flashes a fastball that touches 100 MPH – is tantalizing.
A few weeks ago, it appeared that Jose Valverde‘s spot on the roster was tenuous, but he has performed well lately.
It’s possible the Mets swap out Josh Edgin, but he hasn’t really gotten a chance to prove himself since being promoted – making a quick demotion seem a bit unlikely.