Ray Black
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After elbow surgery cost him most of 2017, Black returned to pitch 23.1 innings in his big-league debut. His fastball, which averaged 97.9 mph, helped him to an impressive 34.7% strikeout rate and a decent 3.98 FIP. An incredibly low 53.6% strand rate inflated his ERA to an ugly 6.17. Assuming that strand rate normalizes, Black will have a chance to provide an ERA in the high 3.00s to go along with a high strikeout rate, which could give him deep-league fantasy value. He could even put himself in the closer conversation for the rebuilding Giants now that his walk rate sits at a manageable 10.5% rather than above 22% like it was in the minors from 2015 to 2017. He won't be in the saves mix to start the year, but keep him in mind should the Giants move relievers at the deadline. Read Past Outlooks
Back with big club
PSan Francisco Giants
September 1, 2018
Black was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
ANALYSIS
While Black scuffled a bit in his first taste of the majors earlier in the year, posting a 5.74 ERA across 15.2 innings before getting demoted, he also flashed some upside with his 1.01 WHIP and 12.6 K/9 over that stretch. He should get plenty of opportunities to improve upon his body of work in the majors down the stretch.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .261 26 5 2 6 1 1 2
Since 2016vs Right .186 69 28 8 11 3 0 2
2018vs Left .261 26 5 2 6 1 1 2
2018vs Right .186 69 28 8 11 3 0 2
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2017
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2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.63 1.50 8.0 0 1 0 16.9 5.6 2.3
Since 2016Away 6.46 0.98 15.1 2 1 0 10.6 2.9 1.2
2018Home 5.63 1.50 8.0 0 1 0 16.9 5.6 2.3
2018Away 6.46 0.98 15.1 2 1 0 10.6 2.9 1.2
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Ray Black compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
3.30
 
K/9
12.7
 
BB/9
3.9
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
97.9 mph
 
ERA
6.17
 
WHIP
1.16
 
BABIP
.284
 
GB/FB
0.83
 
Strand %
47.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
The oft-injured flamethrower finished the 2016 campaign in a familiar place, on the disabled list. The Giants moved him to the 60-day DL after he proved ineffective at Double-A Richmond, posting a 4.88 ERA in 35 appearances out of the bullpen. The reason the Giants keep rolling Black out there despite an atrocious 7.2 BB/9 career mark is his strikeout potential (17.2 K/9) and ability to hit triple digits with his fastball. It is also the reason they moved him to the 60-day DL when they needed roster space; they did not want other teams claiming Black off of waivers in case he finally figured out how to control his overpowering arsenal. Even though the Giants struggled closing out games in 2016, it is unlikely they call up Black until he gets his minor league walk rate down to a reasonable level.
Black put up some eye-opening numbers with High-A San Jose in 2015. This should come as no surprise from a guy who can throw 103 mph. Black finished with a solid 2.88 ERA to go along with a ridiculous 18.4 K/9 (after posting an 18.1 K/9 in 2014), but also managed to walk a batter per inning. He is obviously all "stuff" at this point, and he will need to bring that horrendous walk rate down — even if it is at the expense of some strikeouts — if Black wants to sniff the majors this season. While he started five games last season, he projects more as a mid-to-late inning reliever. Look for him to begin the 2016 season in the minors despite being added to the 40-man roster in November.
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Optioned to Sacramento
PSan Francisco Giants
August 20, 2018
Black was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.
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Enters late-inning mix
PSan Francisco Giants
August 3, 2018
Black fired a scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts while picking up the first hold of his career in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.
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Headed to big leagues
PSan Francisco Giants
July 8, 2018
The Giants selected Black's contract from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Headed to Double-A
PSan Francisco Giants
April 1, 2018
Black was assigned to Double-A Richmond on Sunday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
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Undergoes surgery Tuesday
PSan Francisco Giants
Elbow
May 16, 2017
Black underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday.
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