Ray Black

Born: 06/26/1990 (Age: 29)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6' 5''
Weight: 225
Primary Position: RHRP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 7th Rd., 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SFG)
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: May 5th, 2016
Dates Seen: 4/26/2016
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Richmond Flying Squirrels
MLB Team: http://2080baseball.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/LogoMLBSFG.png
http://2080baseball.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/LogoMLBSFG.png
Physical Description
Tall frame; athletic build
Mechanical Notes
First base side of rubber; max effort; high 3/4 arm slot; long stabbing action; deception due to long stabbing action.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
Late 2017 50 55 Role 5: Top Situational Reliever High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 80 80 98-100 101 Below-average control and command; heavy downward movement; explosive
Below-average control and command; heavy downward movement; explosive
Slider
Slider 55 60 79, 84-85 89 Average command; big tilt; average pitch that plays up to fastball; 79 mph pitch was flashed as a slurve with breaking horizontal movement.
Average command; big tilt; average pitch that plays up to fastball; 79 mph pitch was flashed as a slurve with breaking horizontal movement.
Overall Summary
Ray Black is the hardest throwing pitcher in the minor leagues, but durability issues and command issues may limit his future projectability. He consistently hit 100 mph on the radar gun, but below-average control and walks make him suited for a 7th-or 8th-inning role instead of an elite 9th-inning closer. His slider becomes an above-average pitch because hitters are typically trying to time up his big fastball. In addition to a mid-80's slider, he flashed a slower version of the pitch that took the shape of a slurve. He also tossed some changeups during warmups, but didn't use the pitch in the game. Black has had numerous injuries, including Tommy John surgery, a torn meniscus, and a broken hand. Due to the injuries, he becomes an extreme risk to be used on back-to-back days as a closer.