Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at relief pitcher Vic Black.
2013 Stats: 18 Games (15 with Mets, 3 with Pirates), 17 Innings Pitched, 3-0, 3.71 ERA, 15 Strikeouts, 6 Walks, 1/2 Save Opportunities, 4 Holds, 1.35 WHIP.
2013 Story: Reliever Vic Black began the season in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. Black made his major league debut in July, getting a cup of coffee with the Pirates before being sent back to Triple-A Indianapolis. Black was then dealt to the Mets on August 27th as the player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd trade. Black joined the Mets in September and was immediately added to the major league roster. Black started off as a middle reliever but quickly earned the confidence of Mets' skipper Terry Collins, who began to use Black in higher pressure situations. Black eventually worked his way to the set-up role and even picked up a rogue save when LaTroy Hawkins was unavailable.
2013 Grade: A-. Black exceeded expectations for the Mets, and has quite the arsenal of pitches available to him. Black may prove to be a hidden gem from the Byrd trade for the Mets.
Contract Status: Pre-Arbitration Eligible
Odds of Returning: 100%
2014 Role: Set-Up Man
Black has earned a set-up role in the Mets' bullpen next season, but that role could be even greater if incumbent closer Bobby Parnell isn't ready by spring training. Black was a closer in the Pirates' farm system and Manager Terry Collins believed in him enough to give Black a crack at saves in the major leagues. Black will be a late innings reliever for the Mets and could be someone to assume the closer's chair in case Parnell isn't ready to go.
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