That little right-hander up there is Corey Black, the Yankees’ fourth round pick from last summer and their 24th best prospect in my opinion. He pitched against the Orioles in Sarasota this afternoon and got hit around a bit — didn’t help his own cause with two walks — allowing two runs in an inning of work. He was very clearly overthrowing at times, which really isn’t necessary when you already live in the mid-90s.
Black is a big arm strength guy who is still working on his secondary stuff, but he did manage a 50/15 K/BB in 52.2 innings across three minor league levels after signing last summer. He’ll continue to work as a starter as he climbs the ladder, but his ultimate destination may be the bullpen. More .GIFs — which you can click for a larger view — after the jump.
Just so you don’t think think everything is called strikes on the corners and pretty breaking balls, here’s Nate McLouth clobbering a full count fastball for a double…
Left-hander Vidal Nuno started the game, and he lived up to his billing as a soft-tossing finesse guy. Here are a pair of called strike breaking balls (first one, second one) if you must see him in the action, the rest of the outing was hard contact.
Other hot .GIFs: Mark Montgomery