Future Watch: Corey Black Rookie Baseball Cards, Cubs – Corey Black was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, by the New York Yankees. The talented right-handed pitcher was a key part of the trade that sent Alfonso Soriano to New York. Soriano is now out of baseball and Black is on the precipice of being a major leaguer.
Born in San Diego, California this future Cub has pitched just over 423 innings of minor league baseball. He’s reached AAA Iowa, the Cubs affiliate but he hasn’t lit the world on fire just yet.
In 2016 he was converted into a closer. Last year, in both AA and AAA, he managed to get 14 combined saves in 48 games. At 25-years old he seems to have found his calling in the bullpen. Now he has to wait for an opportunity to crack that World Championship lineup. As we’ve learned, anything is possible.
Although he’s only 5′-11″ in stature he has an arm made for the role that he’s in. He can throw gas. He’s had good coaching along the way including the late, great, Tony Gwynn, who was the coach at San Diego State when Black was on that team. He later transferred from San Diego State to Faulkner University and his career really took off.
Corey Black has a Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph card, #CPA-CB, in 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball. He also has cards dating back to 2012 including autographs in:
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Though he’s just 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Black can pump consistent 92-95 mph gas as a starter. His fastball has reached 100 mph and features riding life. He also has three other pitches that can be average or better, with his mid-80s slider outclassing his curveball and changeup. ETA 2017
Here’s a look at his sweet mechanics:
Black could possibly provide bullpen help for the Cubs as soon as next season. If not, 2018 would seemingly be his year, for sure.
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