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Ray Black

Ray Black

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 5" 225 | Age: 28
Draft: 2011 (Rd: 7, #237, San Francisco Giants) - Pittsburgh
Wilkes-Barre, PA USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 2 2 6.17 26 0 0 23.1 33 1.16
1 Season 2 2 6.17 26 0 0 23.1 33 1.16
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 26 2-2 6.17 23.1 33 1.16
1 Season 26 2-2 6.17 23.1 33 1.16

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SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 SF NL 95 2 2 6.17 26 0 0 23.1 17 16 16 4 10 33 1.16
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 80 | Slider: 55 | Control: 40 | Overall: 45

After years of showcasing one of the most explosive fastballs in the Minors but also consistently battling injuries and the strike zone, Black stayed healthy and threw enough strikes to make his big league debut in 2018. He had Tommy John surgery in high school, dealt with a torn meniscus and broken hand in college at Pittsburgh and had labrum surgery on his shoulder after signing as a seventh-rounder in 2011, so he didn't make his pro debut until 2014. He missed time with lat issues (2015), back spasms and bones spurs in his elbow (2016) and more bone spurs that led to his release in April 2017 before the Giants re-signed him that August.

Black's fastball achieved legendary status in the Minors, where he once reached 104 mph and could sit at 100 when healthy. At the same time, he often fell into the trap of trying to light up radar guns and would overthrow, losing any hope of finding the strike zone with consistency. He found more success and strikes in 2018 when he dialed his heater down to 96-99 mph, where it still features high spin rates.

There's no finesse with Black, who comes after hitters with his fastball and a tight mid-80s slider that has some bite but also can get slurvy if he doesn't stay on top of it. Once he figured out that he could still overpower hitters without maximizing his velocity and effort, his control and confidence took off. After logging a 6.17 ERA in his San Francisco debut, the next step will be to command his pitches better in order to succeed in the Majors.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 407 51 3 5.9 82.7 19.5 .178 .299 .316 .261 .340 31.4 34.7 10.5
ALL 407 51 3 5.9 82.7 19.5 .178 .299 .316 .261 .340 31.4 34.7 10.5
MLB 33924 6.2 87.4 11.0 .251 .408 .317 .318 .370 34.2 21.5 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
04/20/2019 Sacramento River Cats placed RHP Ray Black on the 7-day injured list retroactive to April 19, 2019.
03/19/2019 San Francisco Giants optioned RHP Ray Black to Sacramento River Cats.
09/01/2018 San Francisco Giants recalled RHP Ray Black from Sacramento River Cats.
08/20/2018 San Francisco Giants optioned RHP Ray Black to Sacramento River Cats.
07/08/2018 San Francisco Giants selected the contract of Ray Black from Sacramento River Cats.
05/10/2018 RHP Ray Black assigned to Sacramento River Cats from Richmond Flying Squirrels.
04/01/2018 RHP Ray Black assigned to Richmond Flying Squirrels from AZL Giants Black.
08/17/2017 RHP Ray Black assigned to AZL Giants.
04/04/2017 San Francisco Giants released RHP Ray Black.
04/02/2017 San Francisco Giants designated RHP Ray Black for assignment.
03/06/2017 San Francisco Giants optioned RHP Ray Black to Richmond Flying Squirrels.
11/07/2016 Ray Black roster status changed by San Francisco Giants.
09/03/2016 San Francisco Giants recalled RHP Ray Black from Richmond Flying Squirrels.
09/03/2016 San Francisco Giants placed RHP Ray Black on the 60-day disabled list. Right elbow bone spur.
08/08/2016 Richmond Flying Squirrels placed RHP Ray Black on the 7-day disabled list.
07/29/2016 Richmond Flying Squirrels activated RHP Ray Black from the 7-day disabled list.
07/13/2016 Richmond Flying Squirrels placed RHP Ray Black on the 7-day disabled list.
03/14/2016 San Francisco Giants optioned RHP Ray Black to Richmond Flying Squirrels.
10/05/2015 San Francisco Giants recalled Ray Black from San Jose Giants.
06/14/2015 San Jose Giants activated RHP Ray Black from the 7-day disabled list.
05/22/2015 San Jose Giants placed RHP Ray Black on the 7-day disabled list.
05/16/2015 San Jose Giants activated RHP Ray Black from the 7-day disabled list.
04/07/2015 San Jose Giants placed RHP Ray Black on the 7-day disabled list.
03/16/2015 San Francisco Giants optioned RHP Ray Black to San Jose Giants.
11/20/2014 San Francisco Giants selected the contract of Ray Black from San Jose Giants.
08/22/2014 RHP Ray Black assigned to San Jose Giants from Augusta GreenJackets.
05/03/2014 Augusta GreenJackets activated RHP Ray Black from the 7-day disabled list.
04/08/2014 Augusta GreenJackets placed RHP Ray Black on the 7-day disabled list. Right Shoulder Inflammation
09/18/2013 Augusta GreenJackets activated RHP Ray Black from the 60-day disabled list.
08/01/2013 Augusta GreenJackets transferred RHP Raymond Black from the 7-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
01/30/2013 Raymond Black assigned to San Jose Giants.
06/20/2012 Raymond Black assigned to AZL Giants.
08/02/2011 San Francisco Giants signed RHP Raymond Black.