Ray Black
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After injuries delayed his development, Black debuted in the majors in 2018 as a 27-year-old. He flashed upside (33 strikeouts in 23.1 innings) but ultimately returned to Triple-A Sacramento to open the 2019 season. Black spent most of his time in the minors -- making just two appearances with the Giants -- before being traded to the Brewers at the end of July. The hard-throwing reliever made 15 appearances for Milwaukee down the stretch, posting a 5.14 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 14 innings. While Black misses a lot of bats thanks to his high-90s fastball, he'll need to whittle down his walk and home-run rates -- 11.5 BB% and 2.06 HR/9 through two big-league seasons -- if he wants to realize his potential as a high-leverage reliever. He'll enter spring training with the chance to carve out a key role for himself in Milwaukee's bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
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Overcomes back injury
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 5, 2020
Brewers pitching coach Chris Hook said Sunday that Black is in "top shape" for summer camp after missing time in spring training with a minor back injury, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Black only missed a few workouts before spring training was halted in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it's no surprise that he's fully healthy following a nearly four-month layoff. With all teams carrying 30-man rosters into Opening Day in late July, Black should have be in good position to earn a spot in the Milwaukee bullpen after receiving a look from the big club late in the 2019 campaign.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Ray Black generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Ray Black generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .271 55 10 6 13 1 2 4
Since 2017vs Right .191 110 41 13 18 3 0 5
2019vs Left .280 29 5 4 7 0 1 2
2019vs Right .200 41 13 5 7 0 0 3
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-51%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-85%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.52 1.30 15.1 0 1 0 12.3 4.7 1.8
Since 2017Away 7.13 1.25 24.0 2 2 0 11.3 4.1 2.3
2019Home 1.23 1.09 7.1 0 0 0 7.4 3.7 1.2
2019Away 8.31 1.73 8.2 0 1 0 12.5 6.2 4.2
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
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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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.00
 
K/9
10.1
 
BB/9
5.1
 
HR/9
2.8
 
Fastball
98.2 mph
 
ERA
5.06
 
WHIP
1.44
 
BABIP
.249
 
GB/FB
0.55
 
Left On Base
87.5%
 
Exit Velocity
91.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
12.5%
 
Spin Rate
2650 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
47.5%
 
Swinging Strike
14.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2017
2016
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.
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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Dealing with sore back
PMilwaukee Brewers
Back
March 10, 2020
Black is dealing with a sore back, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Dominant since recall
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 10, 2019
Black struck out three batters over 1.1 scoreless innings in Monday's victory over the Marlins.
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Returns to majors
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 25, 2019
Black was recalled from Triple-A San Antonio on Sunday.
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Sent to Triple-A
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 18, 2019
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Scoreless frame in team debut
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 15, 2019
Black threw a scoreless inning of relief in his Brewers debut Wednesday.
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