The Mets will acquire Pirates Triple-A reliever Vic Black, as the player to be named later that will complete the trade that sent John Buck and Marlon Byrd to Pittsburgh and 19-year-old 2B prospect Dilson Herrera to Queens, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Black is currently on waivers, Rosenthal reported earlier in the day. However, he is expected to clear waivers tomorrow and will immediately be sent to the Mets. Though if he is claimed, the Pirates will pull him off waivers and send Black to the Mets at the end of the season.
MiLB.com ranked him as the sixth-best pitching prospect in Pittsburgh’s farm system entering 2013.
“His fastball can be plus, into the mid-90s with sink, and he combines it with a hard slider that could be a Major League average pitch,” MiLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo wrote at the start of this season. “Black’s control, however, hasn’t been as solid. Though his walk rate did drop in 2012, he had trouble throwing strikes during his Arizona Fall League stint. If Black can find the strike zone with more consistency, he has the stuff to pitch out of the back end of the bullpen.”
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The Pirates were looking to call him up to help the team in September. Pittsburgh has told people he could evolve in to a closer, since he routinely hits the upper 90s with his fastball. He’s also 25 and still in Triple-A, but that’s mostly because he was converted to a reliever from a starting pitcher, after struggling with injuries and command of his off-speed pitches.