Giants prospect Ray Black is the 100-mph throwing, stirrups-wearing reliever of your dreams
Meet Giants prospect Ray Black, the man soon to be your new favorite baseball player. Here are some things you should know.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Black was a seventh-round Draft pick of the Giants back in 2011 -- despite a 6.30 ERA in his final season of college ball. How could that be, you ask? Allow us to introduce you to Ray Black's fastball, shown here during Saturday's Fall Stars Game:
And here's how the rest of that inning went:
You probably won't be surprised to learn that, though Black didn't appear in the Minor Leagues until last year -- he injured his shoulder just a week into his first Spring Training -- he's spent the past two seasons tearing through the lower levels.
Which is all great, except, well, we've buried the lede here a little. You see, not only is Ray Black a flamethrowing reliever who's battled back from injury to be awesome, he's all of those things with fantastic taste in stirrups. Behold:
This has been a PSA regarding Ray Black, your new favorite baseball player.