Steady As It Goes For Black

Going 3-0 with a 1.90 in your first five professional games would excite just about any pitching prospect. But while Sean Black is content about his steady performance thus far, he believes in due time he can get even better.

"So far it's been going really well," Sean Black said. "I've been throwing the ball well. I'm still looking to get a little arm strength back from being off for about a month and a half before coming up here, but all in all I've been spotting my pitches really well.

"That's good for my velocity not being fully there. It helps that I'm able to spot my pitches and get outs that way."

The Seton Hall product normally sits in the 90-92 MPH range and he's been there at times with Staten Island this season, but he admits it's not been as frequent as he would like.

"I'm there now, but just not as consistent as I was the whole school season," he added. "Once I get back up there, hopefully I'll get more strikeouts and get hitters out that way.

"It's also easier to lessen the pitch count to have guys put the ball in play rather than striking them out. Right now that's something I'm working on, getting my arm strength back to where it should be."

With just twelve strikeouts in his first 23 2/3 innings pitches, gaining a little more arm strength would certainly help Black pad those particular stats.

"I'm not sure it's just a velocity thing," Black admitted. "I've got to do a better job of getting ahead of hitters. That's where it really starts.

"If you get behind the hitters in the count, most hitters know a fastball is coming. I think that's another big issue, getting ahead of hitters right away."

Still, despite not throwing consistently as hard as he would like, Black has thrown solid starts each time out and his catcher believes his stuff is already good.

"His offspeed pitches are sharp, they have a lot of break," Kyle Higashioka said. "I'm really impressed with the life of his [pitches].

"It comes out of his hands and it has late life. When you look at the radar gun, it looks a lot harder in the game than what the radar gun reading shows."

That's good news for a pitcher who expects to throw harder down the road and one whose approach is to induce early contact before going for the punch out.

So while he awaits a little more power in his arm, Black just wants to continue his steady indoctrination into professional baseball by keeping up his solid performances.

"I just really want to stay consistent the whole way through [the season]," Black said. "This is the most innings I've thrown in my life, consecutively, so just staying strong, staying in shape, and being able to finish out the season strong is really what I'm looking for."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"So far it's been going really well,\" Sean Black said. \"I've been throwing the ball well. I'm still looking to get a little arm strength back from being off for about a month and a half before coming up here, but all in all I've been spotting my pitches really well.
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\r\n\"That's good for my velocity not being fully there. It helps that I'm able to spot my pitches and get outs that way.\"
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\r\nThe Seton Hall product normally sits in the 90-92 MPH range and he's been there at times with Staten Island this season, but he admits it's not been as frequent as he would like.
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\r\n\"I'm there now, but just not as consistent as I was the whole school season,\" he added. \"Once I get back up there, hopefully I'll get more strikeouts and get hitters out that way.
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\r\n\"It's also easier to lessen the pitch count to have guys put the ball in play rather than striking them out. Right now that's something I'm working on, getting my arm strength back to where it should be.\"
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\r\nWith just twelve strikeouts in his first 23 2/3 innings pitches, gaining a little more arm strength would certainly help Black pad those particular stats.
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\r\n\"I'm not sure it's just a velocity thing,\" Black admitted. \"I've got to do a better job of getting ahead of hitters. That's where it really starts.
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\r\n\"If you get behind the hitters in the count, most hitters know a fastball is coming. I think that's another big issue, getting ahead of hitters right away.\"
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\r\nStill, despite not throwing consistently as hard as he would like, Black has thrown solid starts each time out and his catcher believes his stuff is already good.
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\r\n\"His offspeed pitches are sharp, they have a lot of break,\" Kyle Higashioka said. \"I'm really impressed with the life of his [pitches].
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\r\n\"It comes out of his hands and it has late life. When you look at the radar gun, it looks a lot harder in the game than what the radar gun reading shows.\"
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\r\nThat's good news for a pitcher who expects to throw harder down the road and one whose approach is to induce early contact before going for the punch out.
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\r\nSo while he awaits a little more power in his arm, Black just wants to continue his steady indoctrination into professional baseball by keeping up his solid performances.
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\r\n\"I just really want to stay consistent the whole way through [the season],\" Black said. \"This is the most innings I've thrown in my life, consecutively, so just staying strong, staying in shape, and being able to finish out the season strong is really what I'm looking for.\"
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