Vic Black 2 (Baron)

Vic Black seems to be on track at Triple-A Las Vegas

In his last four appearances, Triple-A reliever Vic Black has walked no one and struck out six in four innings. His fastball has reached 99 mph.

This season in Las Vegas, he has allowed just one earned run in 13.1 innings, while striking out 15 of 59 batters. Opponents are hitting .191 against him.


Black had a 1.15 WHIP and a 3.46 ERA in 15 relief appearances for the Mets last season.

He was acquired from the Pirates in August with 2B Dilson Herera for John Buck and Marlon Byrd.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

It was assumed that Black would be in the Opening Day bullpen. But, he had a terrible spring training, struggling with his control and velocity. He seems to have both under control in Vegas. he is going to be promoted sooner than later, I bet. He’s doing well and the Mets need help. He could easily replace Jose Valverde, who has pitched just twice in the last 10 days. There was hype around Black before St. Lucie, hopefully it soon will return…



Watch: Mets pitcher Vic Black takes MetsBlog’s Robert Brender out fishing in Port St. Lucie




36 comments
Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Nice to see Vic putting it together. Limit the walks and he becomes a major pen upgrade. Hope it is soon

moeb
moeb

why bring up a starter in montero and you have a relief pitcher in black who is throwing darts?

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Grandy .175   D'arnaud .200  EYJ .212   C Young .246  Tejeda .183....and we wonder why we cant hit?

helloboy
helloboy

Familia and Black should be the 8th and 9th inning guys, right now.  You want the flame throwers coming in late to blow people away.  2 innings of 97+ coming at you late in a game is not easy to deal with for hitters. With some Torres & Farnsworth in the 7th with a sprinkling of Rice, when needed, you can set something up. No need to run old Dice K out there all the time.  He and German can handle long relief duties. 

drmetfan
drmetfan

A few more outings like this and he'll be on a plain to NYC. 

buddyryan
buddyryan

Drop Valverde and call him up

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The Mets pitchers are 0-58.  That's the worst hitless streak by a team's pitching staff since the year 1900.  The Mets #8 hitters have 6 runs scored so far this season.  This isn't 1968 where I'm paying $5 bucks for a box seat.  The bottom 3rd of the Mets lineup can be replaced by players from the local high school who could put up similar numbers.  Sorry to offend the purists, but if I'm spending a thousand bucks to take the kiddies and the wife to the game, I want a $15M dollar DH, not Bartolo Colon impaling himself with the knob end of his bat. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

This guy pulled a Mike Bordick in Spring Training. Just played himself off the roster. He has, arguably, the greatest potential out there of anyone currently available. For once, let's plan for the future. I'm sure Farnsworth and Valverde (sounds like a multi-culti law firm) are solid citizens but their best days are clearly behind them. Let's give him a shot.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

From what I've read Vic Black has been closing down (errr.....over) in Vegas. He could possibly be the next in line to try the closer's role in flushing.

helloboy
helloboy

time seems right to get him up while the iron is hot.  say good bye to Valverde. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

The below link shows a who's hot / who's not.  The blurb says "Gavin Cechinni" is not, when in fact he's been on fire lately.

The article correctly has Darrell Ceciliani as the player who is "not".

Colin Kelly
Colin Kelly

He still walks too many batters. But hey, we are used to tight rope walking closers

William Kelley
William Kelley

He should be in NY tonight. Its great that he is closer on an extremely successful team in Las Vegas but need a closer or at least a set up guy tonight. What are we waiting for?

D
D

Bring him up, let him sniff some success, then let Terry warm him up a few times a night and run him out there til his arm falls off

hankincolo
hankincolo

Not ready to write off Grandy, TDa, or the Youngs, but apparently the Mets have with Ruben. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

Will not last long....then again, that might be what the other teams said about the Mets in '69.

helloboy
helloboy

@Tom Gallagher  As far as I am concerned, Black and Familia should be closing games with Torres should be 7th and 8th inning depending on Black and Familia use with some Rice and German and Farnsworth sprinkled in the middle. 

dv92
dv92

@Tom Gallagher  He's most likely to stay there long term also. He has the stuff he just has to prove he can do it. I have confidence in him I hope we see him called up soon.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@PhilNYCJacksonERA9 Edgin is still struggling with an ERA around 6. Strikeout rate is decent with 11 in 10 1/3 innings but that is canceled out by allowing 10 walks and 14 hits. Batters hitting .326 against him, so no. Edgin has lost velocity since he came up a few years ago and has become much more hittable.

jamets
jamets

He has given up 10 walks in 13 innings.  Which means before his mini hot streak he had more walks than innings pitched.  I'm glad to see that he seems to have straightened things out, but I'd probably want to see more than 4 good innings before calling him up. 

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@Victor Triguero Best way to build a bullpen is through young power arms, and Black qualifies. Madson has had so many arm troubles, I doubt he'd be near the same player he was a few years ago.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@hankincolo Their pitching staff really isn't that bad and they do have developing position players.They do have one thing we don't a closer Steve Cishek.Their scouting dept did a good job with Fernandez and Stanton.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

That poor kid gets absolutely trashed on the boards here, I felt like I had to stand up for him.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Not knocking them really, but their time is not now. I think.

helloboy
helloboy

@Albert E Lewis  they have to learn to win on the road.  But, they have enough offense to back up that pitching.  They are really strong up the middle also.  

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@jamets I disagree, he had good stuff for a month and bad stuff for 2 years. He's the Ruben Tejeda of relievers, I'm really surprised he didn't make the team.

jamets
jamets

I had high hopes for Edgin.  He has, or at least had, good stuff. 

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@jamets I said the other day this bullpen couldn't get any worse. I clearly forgot all about Josh Edgin.

jamets
jamets

He has always had problems with walks.  He only threw 37 innings at Buffalo, so not exactly letting him rot, and he walked 18 guys.  Not surprising for that to catch up iwth him at the higher levels.